Rules

Concussion Management Guidelines

Policies for the management of concussion and head injury for CIF Member Schools:

Nationwide data continues to show that many catastrophic head injuries are a direct result of injured athletes returning to play too soon, not having fully recovered from the first head injury. On May 7, 2010, the State CIF council passed bylaw 313 that now requires a signed medical release before a student athlete who is suspected to have sustained a concussion can return to play. Please use the links and information provided to further educate yourself on the signs, symptoms and actions that all involved in education based CIF sports should take when they suspect any type of head injury.

Bylaw 313:

A student athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from competition at that time for the remainder of the day. A student athlete who has been removed from play may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion and receives written clearance to return to play from that health care provider.

Links:

2010-2011 NFHS Concussion rule information for member state associations

Policy and planning at the National Collegiate Athletic Association

CIF Concussion Management Guidelines 

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