UNI Concussion Management Protocol
1) Student Athlete Concussion Statement:
All UNI student-athletes must read the NCAAConcussion Fact Sheet and sign the attached student-athlete statement acknowledging that:a. They have read and understand the NCAA Concussion Fact Sheetb. They accept the responsibility for reporting their injuries and illnesses to the UNI AthleticTraining Services staff.***Student Athlete Concussion Statement will be included in each incoming student-athletespre-participation exam and recertification exam so that athletes are educated each calendar year***
2) Coaches Concussion Statement:
All UNI coaches (Head and Assistant) must read and sign theattached coaches statement acknowledging that they:a. Have read and understand the NCAA Concussion Fact Sheetb. Have read and understand the UNI Concussion Management Protocol
3) Obtain Baseline Testing:
The process of concussion management begins with the completion of
pre-season baseline testing
for all first year or transfer student-athletes within the sports of
Football, Wrestling, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Swim (Divers) and Track
and Field (Pole Vaulters only) or new student-athletes with any pertinent medical history of concussion(s). Baseline Assessments should include:a.
Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2: Symptom Evaluation and Sections 5-8
Neuropsychological Testing: IMPACT
4) Traumatic Brain Injury Occurs:
When a UNI student-athlete shows any signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion, the athlete will be removed from practice or competition,by either a member of the coaching staff or sports medicine staff immediately. On-field or sideline assessment of a concussion can be done by the presence of concussion symptoms,
balance assessment and/or Maddock’s Score (Portion of SCAT II).
A student-athlete who has sustained a concussion and been removed from participation will not under any circumstances be allowed to return to play the same day as the injury
b. A student-athlete who has sustained a concussion outside of their sport participation willbe managed in the same manner as those sustained during athletic participation.c. Visiting sport team members, sports camp participants or Iowa High School athleteevaluated by a UNI Athletic Training Services staff member will be managed in the samemanner as UNI student-athletes.
Upon initial assessment of the student-athlete following the sustained concussion, theUNI Athletic Training Services staff member may deem it necessary for immediate referral to aUNI Team Physician or Sartori/Allen Emergency Room based upon assessed severity of theinjury or possible presence of a cervical spine injury.
6) Monitoring and Education:
The student-athlete will receive monitoring for deterioration. Athletes will be provided with written home instructions upon discharge from a UNI AthleticTraining Services staff member. It is recommended that said athlete only be discharged to theoversight of a roommate, guardian or someone that can effectively follow the given instructionsand provide care to the athlete overnight.
7) Post-Injury Assessment:
Following a sustained concussion, the student athlete will be requiredto undergo the assessment plan described in this protocol. Upon completion of the second roundof post-injury testing it may be deemed necessary by UNI Athletic Training Services staff