Houston Methodist Concussion Center is the first to offer sport-specific return to play protocols by position. See the documents below for examples of protocols for a football offensive and defensive position. As well as an article on academic accommodations.
In addition to providing clinical care and conducting educational presentations, the center is engaged in activities that focus on sports-related concussion and return-to-play guidelines.
The athlete must meet all the following criteria in order to progress to activity:
Once the above criteria are met, the athlete can progress back to full activity following a stepwise progression, preferably under the supervision of an athletic trainer.
Progression is individualized, and will be determined on a case by case basis. Factors that may affect the rate of progression include: acute markers of injury (e.g., LOC, amnesia), previous history of head injury/concussion, duration and type of symptoms, age of athlete, and sport or activity in which the athlete participates.
An athlete with a prior history of concussion, one who has had an extended duration of symptoms, or one who is participating in a collision or contact sport may be progressed more slowly.