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Concussion Management

Management of Sports-Related Concussion

The Penfield Central School District seeks the safe return to play for all sick or injured athletes. Recent research in sports-related concussion has increased awareness in both the medical community and the general public. This valuable knowledge leads us to rethink our approach to concussion recognition and management. The following recommendations are in part extracted from the National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Management of Sports-Related Concussion, and adapted for the Penfield Central School District.

These adapted recommendations provide guidelines for concussion recognition, management, and safe return to play, for athletic department staff and other school personnel. Academic assistance, medical monitoring and counseling may be necessary during the school day for an athlete with this injury. Appropriate school personnel will be contacted on a case by case basis.

This protocol will be reviewed annually by the district concussion management team with input from the district's physician.

Please click on the links for the following sections:

  1. Recognition of concussion
  2. Immediate referral guidelines for all staff
  3. Guidelines for the Certified Athletic Trainer
  4. Guidelines for coaches
  5. Follow-up care during the school day
  6. Return to play procedures