Athletes must be present in a COMPETITION UNIFORM and must submit to a skin disease screening prior to weigh-ins. The chief medical officer has full authority without appeal in determining the eligibility of an athlete to compete. In the event of injury or illness, no contestant will be permitted to continue the competition without approval of the Chief Medical Officer, whose decision is final and not subject to appeal.
In the event of injury or illness, NO contestant will be permitted to continue the competition without approval of the Chief Medical Officer, whose decision is final and not subject to appeal.
USA Wrestling Assn Medical
Guidelines for Management of Concussion
USA Wrestling National Events the following steps should be followed:
- Determine if the
athlete has sustained a concussion. The medical staff attending at mat
side will determine if the wrestler can continue and his/her decision is
final. If the medical staff attending observes that the wrestler is
unconscious the match will be an injury default. If the wrestler is
allowed to continue the attending medical staff will observe the match
until completion and can stop the match at any point, if any observable
symptoms occur. Once the match is completed the wrestler will be taken to
Medical area and administered the SCAT 3 Test and observed for a minimum
of 20 minutes. A Yellow Alert will be issued with date and time of
incident. If the Tournament Medical Staff determine that the wrestler has
not sustained a concussion a Green Alert will be issued. (For competitors
under the mental age of 12 the Child SCAT will be used)
- A wrestler that is
confirmed by Tournament Medical Staff has a Concussion, the wrestler will
be held out of competition for a minimum of 24 hours and must be cleared by Emergency Room Physician and Tournament
Medical Coordinator and be completely symptom free after exertion.
- Signs and
symptoms that should be evaluated as part of return to play guidelines
questions about how they “feel” (See SCAT 3 for reference questions)
- Eye Response
- Delayed Recall
- Response to
- Failure occurs
if wrestler is unable to complete task or reports increase or return of
symptoms reported at initial assessment. Always include date and times of
return to play assessment.
- Wrestlers that
have observable unconsciousness by tournament or tour medical staff must
be transported via Emergency Medical Services for evaluation unless the
unconsciousness is the result of clearly being “choked out”.
- All concussion
assessments requires a Yellow Alert Form be filed with Pairings with date
wrestlers that are not send to hospital for evaluation must be given a
“Post Concussion Management Instruction Sheet” and be released to a
responsible Adult or in case of minor age athlete be released to
parent/legal guardian or “in loco Parentis” and their parent/legal
guardian be notified immediately.
is recommended that any wrestler sustaining a concussion should be withheld
from practice or competition for a minimum of seven days and not return to
practice or competition until cleared by a medical professional and be Symptom
Free after exertion. The wrestler should be followed for any change in symptoms
for period of 10 days after return to practice or competition. If symptoms
return the wrestler should be referred for further evaluation by a medical