Table 1

Interassociation recommendations: checklist

TRAUMATIC: GENERALYesNoComments
 In all sports, all practices and competitions adhere to existing ethical standards.
 In all sports, using playing or protective equipment as a weapon is prohibited during all practices and competitions.
 In all practices and competitions, deliberately inflicting injury on another player is prohibited.
 All playing and protective equipment, as applicable, meets relevant equipment safety standards and related certification requirements.
 There should be a regularly rehearsed emergency action plan consistent with the Concussion Safety Protocol Checklist for all venues at which practices or competitions are conducted.
 There is a regularly rehearsed emergency action plan consistent with the Concussion Safety Protocol Checklist for all suspected concussions.
 There is a regularly rehearsed emergency action plan consistent with the Concussion Safety Protocol Checklist for all suspected moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries.
 There is a regularly rehearsed emergency action plan consistent with the Concussion Safety Protocol Checklist for all suspected cervical spine injuries.
 Annual education and prevention strategies about catastrophic injuries are provided to all sports coaches.
 Annual education and prevention strategies about catastrophic injuries are provided to all strength and conditioning professionals.
 Annual education and prevention strategies about catastrophic injuries are provided to all primary athletics healthcare providers (ie, team physicians and athletic trainers).
 Annual education and prevention strategies about catastrophic injuries are provided to all collegiate athletes.
 Annual education and prevention strategies about catastrophic injuries are provided to all athletics administrators.
TRAUMATIC: CONTACT/COLLISION HELMETED SPORTS
 All contact/collision, helmeted practices and competitions adhere to existing ethical standards.
 All contact/collision, helmeted practices and competitions adhere to keeping the head out of blocking and tackling.
 All contact/collision, helmeted practices and competitions adhere to prohibiting the use of the helmet as a weapon.
 All contact/collision, helmeted practices and competitions adhere to not deliberately inflicting injury on another player.
 All contact/collision, helmeted practices and competitions adhere to maintaining and certifying helmets to existing helmet safety standards.
N ON-TRAUMATIC:GENERAL
 All practices and strength and conditioning sessions adhere to established scientific principles of acclimatisation and conditioning.
 Conditioning periods are phased in gradually and progressively to encourage proper exercise acclimatisation and to minimise the risk of adverse effects on health.
 The first 7 days of any new conditioning cycle are considered a transition periods and a time of physiological vulnerability for athletes.
 Transition periods for athletes include but are not limited to returning after an injury or illness.
 Transition periods for athletes include, but are not limited to, returning after school break (eg, winter, spring, summer).
 Transition periods for athletes include but are not limited to, beginning as a delayed start.
 Training and conditioning sessions are appropriately calibrated and include limitations on total volume and intensity of activity, especially during the first 4 days of transition periods.
 All workouts have a written plan that is exercise science-based, physiologically sport specific and tailored to the individual.
 Workout plans are approved by a credentialed strength and conditioning professional, or the responsible sport coach if a strength and conditioning professional is not available at the institution.
 Components of the workout plan include volume, intensity, mode and duration.
 Activity location is stated in the workout plan to accommodate venue-specific emergency action planning.
 Workout plans are reproducible on request and shared with the primary athletics healthcare providers (team physician and athletic trainer) before the session in which they are to be used.
 Modification due to hazardous environmental conditions, scheduling considerations, etc, is supported. The amended workout plan maintains the above principles.
 Exercise never is used for punitive purposes.
 Educational background, sport experience and credentialing are verified for all strength and conditioning professionals.
 All strength and conditioning professionals have a reporting line into the sports medicine or sport performance lines of the institution.
 Emergency action plans are developed and rehearsed annually for all venues in which practices or competitions are conducted.
 Emergency action plans are developed and rehearsed annually for head and neck injuries.
 Emergency action plans are developed and rehearsed annually for cardiac arrest.
 Emergency action plans are developed and rehearsed annually for exertional heat illness and heat stroke.
 Emergency action plans are developed and rehearsed annually for exertional rhabdomyolysis.
 Emergency action plans are developed and rehearsed annually for exertional collapse associated with sickle cell trait.
 Emergency action plans are developed and rehearsed annually for any exertional or non-exertional collapse.
 Emergency action plans are developed and rehearsed annually for asthma.
 Emergency action plans are developed and rehearsed annually for diabetic emergency.
 Emergency action plans are developed and rehearsed annually for mental health emergencies.
 Strength and conditioning venues have emergency action plans specific to the venue, sport and circumstances.
 The institution has adopted requirements for the annual education and training for the prevention of sudden death in sport for strength and conditioning professionals.
 The institution has adopted requirements for the annual education and training for the prevention of sudden death in sport for sport coaches.
 The institution has adopted requirements for the annual education and training for the prevention of sudden death in sport for athletic trainers.
 The institution has adopted requirements for the annual education and training for the prevention of sudden death in sport for team physicians.
 The institution has adopted requirements for the annual education and training for the prevention of sudden death in sport for collegiate athletes.
 The institution has adopted requirements for the annual education and training for the prevention of sudden death in sport for athletics administrators.
  • Below is a checklist that will help the athletics healthcare administrator to ensure that policies are in place and followed and are consistent with the document, Interassociation recommendations: preventing catastrophic injury and death in collegiate athletes.

  • NCAA, National Collegiate Athletic Association.