Student Services Manual (SSM)

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Effective: 7/1/2013

Revised:  7/1/2016 

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SSM 1201–05: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)/Concussion Policy


To improve the safety of ASU students while participating in sports activities that are identified as having a high risk of mild traumatic brain injury and to comply with state law


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Sports medicine providers


Arizona State University is committed to the prevention, identification, evaluation, and management of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI)/concussions in students participating in ASU athletic sports.

  1. Students wishing to participate in athletic activities determined to be at high risk for mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI)/concussion shall be given access to educational material and required to sign a statement in which the student:

    1. accepts the responsibility for reporting his/her injuries and illnesses to the ASU Sports Medicine staff or designee


    2. recognizes the risk for MTBI and accepts the responsibility for injuries that occur during participation in that sport.

  2. ASU Sports Medicine physicians have the authority to determine management and return-to-play of any ill or injured student-athlete, as he or she deems medically appropriate. In addition, when a student-athlete exhibits any signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or is diagnosed with a concussion, the athlete shall be removed from practice or competition and evaluated by a sports medicine provider with experience in the evaluation and management of concussion.

  3. Coaches will be educated with regard to concussions and the concussion management plan.

  4. Sports medicine providers will practice within the standards as established for their professional practice (e.g., physician, certified athletic trainer, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, neurologist, and neuropsychologist).

  5. All students participating in the following sports will have a pre-participation physical examination that will include a baseline neurocognitive assessment prior to participation. The same neurocognitive assessment tool will be utilized post-injury at appropriate time intervals. Sports include, but are not limited to:
    • baseball
    • basketball
    • diving
    • equestrian
    • field hockey
    • football
    • gymnastics
    • ice hockey
    • lacrosse
    • pole vaulting
    • rugby
    • soccer
    • softball
    • water polo
    • and

    • wrestling

  6. Athletics staff, students, and officials will continue to emphasize that purposeful or flagrant head or neck contact in any sport should not be permitted and current rules of play should be strictly enforced.

  7. All personnel will perform duties consistent with the Arizona State University Expanded Concussion protocol for NCAA sports.

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