Interscholastic sports are the focus of the NJ Concussion Law, which requires that school districts have a district-wide concussion policy.
– Cognitive issues seem to take longer to resolve compared to younger children and adults
– Sometimes student athletes may high symptoms in order to get back to their sport
– Student athletes tend to be high achievers and worry about falling behind in their schoolwork
– The play cannot return to sports until a physician states that there is no concussion or the concussion has resolved.
– Prior to return to sports the player must attend a full day of normal school activities without having any cognitive or physical symptoms.
– The player must complete the Return to Play protocol and be cleared by a physician before participating in practice or competition.
– Monitor for worsening symptoms in the immediate hours and days after the concussive event.
– Stay in touch with the school; ask if your school has a concussion management team.
– Check in with your teen about specific symptoms and note the situations when they manifest or worsen.
– Download the Parent’s Guide to Concussion booklet.
Click here to see the NJ Concussion Law.
Click here to see the NJ Model Policy on Concussion.