The Sports Institute

We work to expand participation and safety in sports.

Return to Play: Protocols and Best Practices

Motivation

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the rescheduling of Fall youth sports to Spring, meaning many athletes will resume competition simultaneously. Before they do is the optimal time to review Return to Play protocols for suspected concussions and best practices so athletes can safely participate in the sports they love. Understanding by coaches, parents, athletic directors and medical professionals of injury prevention and treatment best practices will help ensure the long-term health of youth athletes.

Approach

Utilizing our existing resources and partnering with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), we aim to create awareness of required Return to Play protocols for suspected concussions for Washington state schools and athletes as well as injury prevention tips and recommendations. This comprehensive approach will further the safety of anyone engaging in sports.

Where We Are

We worked with the WIAA to help pass the “Kenney Bui Rule” in Washington state, requiring both school athletic directors and medical authorities approved by the WIAA to use their Return to Practice and Competition for Athletes with a Suspected Concussion form in letting athletes with concussion symptoms resume play.

Additionally, many pieces in our Learning Center cover a variety of injury prevention and treatment topics and we’ve begun pre-production on a film to define and amplify best practices for licensed health care providers (LHPs) for sideline evaluation and initial management of a suspected concussion.