13A.06.08.06

.06 Removal and Return to Play.

A. Any student-athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion shall immediately be removed from practice or play.

B. Each school shall use the graduated return to play protocols instituted in the Policies and Programs on Concussions for Public Schools and Youth Sport Programs.

C. The student-athlete may not return to play until the student receives written clearance after receiving an appropriate medical assessment by one of the following:

(1) A licensed physician trained in the evaluation and management of concussions;

(2) A licensed physicianís assistant trained in the evaluation and management of concussions in collaboration with the physician assistantís supervising physician or alternate supervising physician within the scope of the physician assistantís Delegation Agreement approved by the Board of Physicians;

(3) A licensed nurse practitioner trained in the evaluation and management of concussions;

(4) A licensed psychologist with training in neuropsychology and in the evaluation and management of concussions; or

(5) A licensed athletic trainer trained in the evaluation and management of concussions, in collaboration with the athletic trainerís supervising physician or alternate supervising physician and within the scope of the Evaluation and Treatment protocol approved by the Board of Physicians.

D. To assist student-athletes, parents, and school personnel, to manage concussion events, each local school system shall provide to all involved persons:

(1) Written notification of possible head injury;

(2) Medical clearance forms for gradual return to sports participation following concussion; and

(3) Graduated return to play protocols.