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Concussion Bill of Rights #3: Adoption and Enforcement of Conservative Evaluation & Return-to-Play Guidelines

The sad fact, and what makes it sometimes hard for parents to truly believe that programs are taking concussions seriously, is that many of the sports programs in which their children participate do not follow any set of return-to-play guidelines, and if they do follow guidelines, they are too liberal in terms of same-day return-to-play (RTP). Thus, the third point in the Concussion Bill of Rights for parents is that the athletic director or administrator, coach, athletic trainer and team doctor have, at the very least, agreed upon and adopted a philosophy for grading and managing concussions before the start of the season which prohibits players who experience concussion signs or symptoms from returning to the same game or practice, and use it consistently during the season, regardless of the athlete or circumstances surrounding the injury.

Coaches: Improve Concussion Safety By Creating Safe Environment For Athlete Self-Reporting

Because coaches have the strongest influence on a student-athlete's decision to report a concussion, more concussion education of coaches, including the need to report concussions, however, minor, and the creation of a safe reporting environment are critical, experts say, to combating chronic underreporting of concussion.

About Brooke de Lench

Brooke de Brooke de LenchLench  is the Founding Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and Founder and Publisher of MomsTeam.com,® now in its 16th year as the trusted source for youth sports stakeholders of comprehensive, well-researched, objective information on a wide array of youth sports health, safety, nutrition, and sports parenting topics, from health, safety and nutrition to the psychology of parenting a young athlete, from ways in which parents can make youth sports less focused on

About Dr. Wilson

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About Dr. Murphy

Shane Murphy is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut and Assistant
Professor of Psychology at Western Connecticut State University. He is
also on the Clinical Psychology faculty of the graduate program of Capella

He is the founder of Gold Medal Psychological Consultants, which teaches business
and sport organizations the competitive skills that lead to success. Dr. Murphy
was sport psychologist for the U.S. Olympic Teams at the 1988 Summer Games
in Seoul and the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, and a consultant to the
U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) on mental preparation for the 2000 Summer Games
in Sydney.

For seven years, Dr. Murphy was Head of USOC's Sport Psychology Department,

About Dr. Janda

Dr. Janda is an orthopedic surgeon in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the founder and Director of the Institute For Preventive Sports Medicine, a non-profit research organization dedicated to the prevention of sports-related injuries and health care cost containment. The Institute has gained a world-wide reputation as the only organization that focuses solely on the prevention of sports injuries, particularly to children.

About Dr. Horwitz

Dr. Steven HorwitzDr. Steven Horwitz is a graduate of both Cornell University and the National College of Chiropractic. He is certified as a Chiropractic Sports Physician and Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

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