Central Connecticut State University

General Guidelines for Return to Activity



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The university physician and/or team physician or their designee is the FINAL AUTHORITY concerning when the student-athlete should be removed from participation for medical reasons, and when the student-athlete may return to partial or full participation.


The team or university physician may instruct the athletic training staff to determine the readiness for return to full activity of an ill/injured athlete through the use of functional sport specific criteria.


The length of time to return the athlete to full participation is dependant on many factors such as: injury/illness severity and type, the athlete's individual healing process, the athlete's sport, the athlete's position, as well as the athlete's readiness to return to activity.


At the discretion of the athletic training staff the injured/ill student –athlete's return to participation may be restricted to limited activity such as: individual skill sessions, group drills, non-contact activities, limited contact drills, non-running activities, etc. 


Athlete's who seek medical care from an outside physician must have a medical note that clearly states the athlete's ability to return to full activity to their designated sport.  The athletic training staff will re-evaluate all orthopedic injuries and determine readiness as stated in the criteria listed below. Should the athletic training staff find significant signs, symptoms or positive tests in the orthopedic evaluation, the athlete will be referred to CCSU's team physician who will be the final authority for medical clearance. For illness/sickness and head injuries the final authority for medical clearance of a student-athlete to return to participation is determined by University Physician.


For Orthopedic Injuries

In general, for orthopedic injuries the athletic training staff requires the athlete to be minimally 80% in strength, coordination, agility, speed, and endurance; have full pain free range of motion; and be functionally pain free.  Upon instruction from the team physician or university physician, the athletic training staff may use their discretion in restricting or determining readiness for full participation.


For Illnesses/Sickness

Health Service determines clearance for return to activity following an illness.  Student-athletes who are under the care of their personal physician and are returning from a serious illness such as mononucleosis must be referred to Health Service by the athletic training staff or coaches for clearance to return to sport participation.


For Head Injuries

Clearance to return to activity is determined by University Physician. Return to play decisions are made on an individual basis after the student-athlete had full recovery from the head injury and can be informed of the potential risks for subsequent concussion and possible complications. At the appropriate time as directed by the University Physician, the athletic training staff will be permitted to perform exertional provocation tests to determine the athlete's readiness to return to activity.  At the discretion of the athletic training staff, activity may be restricted or limited based on the results of the exertional testing.



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