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Guidelines - RETURN TO PLAY

Neuropsychology has a central role to play in managing sports-related concussions and is best used as an important component within a multidisciplinary treatment approach that will involve the athlete, parents, coaches, athletic trainers and medical doctors.  Ideally, the athlete is ready to participate in a supervised return to play process when the treatment team as a whole has agreed that the athlete is symptom free at rest


Tolerate physical challenges.  Athletes are expected to complete increasingly demanding physical activities without symptoms before returning to play.  Typically, each step will occur on a separate day and may require several days depending on the athlete and their injury factors. Any return of symptoms ends the activity and the athlete is rested until the next day when they resume their last successful step.
1.     No activity, complete rest.
2.     Light aerobic exercise such as walking or stationary cycling.
3.     Sport-specific training, such as skating in hockey and running in soccer.
4.     Non-contact training drills.
5.     Full contact training after medical clearance
6.     Competitive game play.

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