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Concussion Bill of Rights #5: Neuropsychological Testing For Contact and Collision Sports

Parents should have the right to expect, if their child is playing contact or collision sports, that he or she undergo pre-season baseline and post-injury neuropsychological testing as the current consensus statement on concussions recommends for athletes in such sport, regardless of age or competitive level.

Athletic Trainers: Every High School Should Have One

MomsTEAM has been advocating for years that every U.S. high school should have an athletic trainer on staff, given their key role in assessing and treating sports injuries, including concussions, and in making return to play decisions. While only 60-65% of schools have an AT, recent statistics suggest that fully 85-90% of high school athletes are now working with ATs on a daily basis.

Concussion Bill of Rights #3: Adoption and Enforcement of Conservative Evaluation & Return-to-Play Guidelines

The sad fact, and what makes it sometimes hard for parents to truly believe that programs are taking concussions seriously, is that many of the sports programs in which their children participate do not follow any set of return-to-play guidelines, and if they do follow guidelines, they are too liberal in terms of same-day return-to-play (RTP). Thus, the third point in the Concussion Bill of Rights for parents is that the athletic director or administrator, coach, athletic trainer and team doctor have, at the very least, agreed upon and adopted a philosophy for grading and managing concussions before the start of the season which prohibits players who experience concussion signs or symptoms from returning to the same game or practice, and use it consistently during the season, regardless of the athlete or circumstances surrounding the injury.

Coaches: Improve Concussion Safety By Creating Safe Environment For Athlete Self-Reporting

Because coaches have the strongest influence on a student-athlete's decision to report a concussion, more concussion education of coaches, including the need to report concussions, however, minor, and the creation of a safe reporting environment are critical, experts say, to combating chronic underreporting of concussion.

About Brooke de Lench

Brooke de Brooke de LenchLench  is the Founding Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and Founder and Publisher of MomsTeam.com,® now in its 16th year as the trusted source for youth sports stakeholders of comprehensive, well-researched, objective information on a wide array of youth sports health, safety, nutrition, and sports parenting topics, from health, safety and nutrition to the psychology of parenting a young athlete, from ways in which parents can make youth sports less focused on

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About Dr. Murphy

Shane Murphy is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut and Assistant
Professor of Psychology at Western Connecticut State University. He is
also on the Clinical Psychology faculty of the graduate program of Capella
University.

He is the founder of Gold Medal Psychological Consultants, which teaches business
and sport organizations the competitive skills that lead to success. Dr. Murphy
was sport psychologist for the U.S. Olympic Teams at the 1988 Summer Games
in Seoul and the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, and a consultant to the
U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) on mental preparation for the 2000 Summer Games
in Sydney.

For seven years, Dr. Murphy was Head of USOC's Sport Psychology Department,

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