Medical Providers play a critical role in diagnosing, managing and clearing a student athlete diagnosed with a concussion to return to play. The following medical providers are authorized to return a student athlete to return to play after he or she has completed a graduated return to play plan:
- A duly licensed physician;
- A duly licensed athletic trainer in consultation with a licensed physician;
- A duly licensed nurse practitioner in consultation with a licensed physician;
- A duly licensed physician assistant under the supervision of a licensed physician; or
- A duly licensed neuropsychologist in coordination with the physician managing the student’s recovery.
Below is the link to the Medical Clearance Form that Medical Providers should use (or schools can develop their own school-based equivalent that should contain at a minimum the same elements as this form):
- Post Sports-Related Head Injury Medical Clearance and Authorization Form
Additional Materials for Clinicians
- Clinical Advisory: Regulations Regarding Sports-Related Head Injuries and the Role of Pediatric Health Providers
- Heads-Up: Information about Sports Concussions from CDC
- School Health Institute for Education and Leadership Development (SHIELD) at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH): SHIELD offers innovative educational programs and leadership opportunities for school nurses and school health professionals:
This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.