Please print and complete the Athletic Participation Medical Form and Concussion Form below and bring to registration the day of your event.
Concussion Safety Protocols
The University of Delaware Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services (DIARS) is committed to protecting the health of and providing a safe environment for each of its participating NCAA student-athletes. To this end, and in accordance with NCAA legislation, the University of Delaware has adopted the following Concussion Safety Protocol for all NCAA and UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) student-athletes. This protocol identifies expectations for institutional concussion management practices as they relate to (1) the definition of sport-related concussion; (2) independent medical care; (3) preseason education; (4) pre-participation assessment; (5) recognition and diagnosis; (6) initial suspected concussion evaluation; (7) post-concussion management; (8) return-to- learn; (9) return-to-sport; (10) limiting exposure to head trauma; and (11) written certificate of compliance signed by the athletics health care administrator. We also support and follow the NCAA Sport Science Institutes Inter-Association Consensus for the Diagnosis and Management of Sport- Related Concussion Guidelines for varsity athletics.
Definition of Sport-Related Concussion
The Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, which resulted from the 5th international conference on concussion in sport, defines sport-related concussion as follows:
Sport-related concussion (SRC) is a traumatic brain injury induced by biomechanical forces. Several common features that may be utilized to clinically define the nature of a concussion head injury include:
SRC may be caused either by a direct blow to the head, face, neck or elsewhere on the body with an impulsive force transmitted to the head.
SRC typically results in the rapid onset of short-lived impairment of neurological function that resolves spontaneously. However, in some cases, signs and symptoms evolve over a number of minutes to hours.
SRC may result in neuropathological changes, but the acute clinical signs and symptoms largely reflect a functional disturbance rather than a structural injury and, as such, no abnormality is seen on standard structural neuroimaging studies.
SRC results in a range of clinical signs and symptoms that may or may not involve loss of consciousness. Resolution of the clinical and cognitive features typically follows a sequential course. However, in some cases symptoms may be prolonged.
The clinical signs and symptoms cannot be explained by drug, alcohol or medication use, other injuries (such as cervical injuries, peripheral vestibular dysfunction, etc.) or other comorbidities (e.g., psychological factors or coexisting medical conditions).
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