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


– When a concussion is suspected the player must be pulled out of practice/competition.

– 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.

– Make sure the physician’s recommendations are being followed at home.

– 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.

Click here to learn about gradual Return to School.

Click here to see the Return to Play protocol.