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The Physical Therapist’s Role in the Management of Sport-Related Concussions

Several States are currently drafting legislation or observing policy statements that define the appropriate individuals who are able to make assessments and decisions in athletes suffering a concussion (including removal from and return to play decisions). In some situations, the physical therapist is not included as one of the potential qualified, trained and experienced licensed health care professionals that can be involved in management of athletes with concussion.

Follow this link to a comprehensive listing of the physical therapist's role in the management of sport-related concussion on a state-by-state basis, compiled by Gregory Alnwick and Shane McClinton.

The information was compiled from the following sites, as well as from the concussion legislation per each state. These links are included in the report.
 
This information is accurate to the best of the SPTS's knowledge. The SPTS will continue to monitor legislative issues through the state Representative network and make updates as changes are known, or on a yearly basis.
 
 
State Concussion Legislation Links: 
 
 
 
APTA State Issues on Concussions:  http://www.apta.org/StateIssues/Concussions/
 
 
 
 

 

http://legacy.spts.org/assets/files/State%20Rep%20Network/PTs%20Role%20in%20Concussion%20Mngmt.pdf

 

http://www.sportconcussionlibrary.com/content/concussion-legislation-by%C2%A0state

Your help is needed in identifying situations where the physical therapist is not represented as a practitioner eligible in the appropriate management of these individuals within the scope of our practice and training. If you identify a situation that may limit the physical therapist’s role in concussion management, please relay this information to Greg Alnwick.