Interassociation Recommendations for Developing a Plan to Recognize and Refer Student-Athletes With Psychological Concerns at the Secondary School Level: A Consensus Statement
Neal TL, Diamond AB, Goldman S, Liedtka K, Mathis K, Morse ED, Putukian M, Quandt E, Ritter SJ, Sullivan JP, Welzant V. J Athl Train. 2015 Mar 2. [Epub ahead of print]
An international work group that was composed of representative from 8 national organizations and an attorney experienced in sports medicine and health-related litigations have drafted a consensus statement regarding developing a plan to recognize and refer to student athletes with psychological concerns at the secondary school level. “The purpose of this consensus statement is for the reader to take the information provided and develop an appropriate plan for his or her institution to address the psychological concerns of student-athletes as part of a comprehensive sports medicine health care program.” The document includes a concise executive summary, background information and sections related to the recognition of psychological concerns in student-athletes, special considerations that may affect the psychological health of the student-athlete, and referral of the student-athlete for psychological evaluation and care.