What Is the Concussion Protocol?

In college football, there are a number of injuries that occur on the field of play, but far too often, individuals are unaware of the dangers or allowed to return to the game far sooner than they should be. This is often because the proper safety protocols are not followed.

One of the more serious injuries that can be sustained is a concussion. Teams are required to put a player through a concussion protocol before they’re allowed to return to playing. Understanding what that protocol is important for individuals to know before they go back in a game.

What Is Mandated Under the NCAA Concussion Safety Protocol?

Under NCAA rules, teams must fully understand what a sports-related concussion is and the symptoms and signs that may be displayed by someone who is injured. This helps move forward with the necessary steps regarding the protocol. These include:

  • Pre-participation assessment: This means that all student-athletes must undergo a baseline concussion assessment before they are even allowed to play. This assessment evaluates history of brain injury and concussion, signs of symptoms, cognitive evaluation, and balance testing.
  • Recognition and diagnosis of concussion: A trained medical team must be at the game or practice to diagnose and treat a concussion as needed. This includes removing the player from competition or practice, evaluation by a medical team with experience in concussions, and completely removed for the calendar day if a concussion is confirmed or suspected.
  • Post-concussion management: The player must be placed in post-concussion management which helps to determine the severity of the injury and any other possible problems. The emergency action plan may be necessary if individual has prolonged unconsciousness, intracranial trauma, spine injury, diminishing mental status, or more.

If a concussion is detected during the protocol on the sideline, the player should not be allowed to return to competition or practice until they are medically cleared. The faster they are able to return, the more at risk they are for further injuries.

When negligence leads to serious brain injuries in college football, players have rights. Our sports injury attorneys at Shrader & Associates L.L.P. have the experience you need to move forward in the most positive manner possible.

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