SCOTTSDALE SOCCER RETURN TO PLAY PROGRESSION (5 STAGES)
This is the Scottsdale Soccer general guideline for a return to soccer acitivities after a diagnosis of concussion and medical clearance to return to play. The goal of the Return to Play Progression is for there to be at least a twenty-four (24) hour peiod between each stage in which the returning athlete is without symptoms. If symptoms reoccur or increase, then there should not be advancement to the next stage until the athlete can complete the stage, with at least a twenty-four (24) hour peiod between each stage, without any symptoms. When possible, the Return to Play Progression should be done with the assistance of a medical professional. This Return to Play Progression should not be started until the athlete has ZERO symptoms with everyday activities AND has been cleared to start the Return to Play Progression in the second box in the Follow-Up Evaluation section of the Scottsdale Soccer Concussion Program: Physician Clearance Form. All athletes will begin with Stage 1 following the Return to Play Progression clearance. To help in athlete participation and compliance, all stages should be administered during the athlete's normal practice schedule and at the practice location with their team, when appropriate. A Scottsdale Soccer Return to Play Progression (5 Stages) Form, with each stage dated and initialed, MUST BE RETURNED to Scottsdale Soccer with the athlete's signed Scottsdale Soccer Concussion Program: Physician Clearance Form.
Stage 1: Light Aerobic Activity
Stage 2: Moderate Aerobic Exercise
Stage 3: Sport Specific Activity
Stage 4: Non-Contact Return to Practice
Stage 5: Full Contact Practice
** Again, it is very important to remember that the athlete must be symptom free for twenty-four (24) hours, after completing the activities described in one stage, before progressing to a new stage. Symptom free means no symptoms in the twenty-four (24) hour period following the completion of activity. Players must complete all stages to return to play. Player safety and welfare is the only consideration. Game availability is NOT.