Consensus Statement on Best Practices for Sports Medicine Management for
Secondary Schools and Colleges
Courson, Michael Goldenberg, Kevin G. Adams, Scott A. Anderson, Bob Colgate,  Larry Cooper, Lori Dewald, R.T. Floyd, Douglas
B. Gregory, Peter A. Indelicato, David Klossner, Rick O’Leary, Tracy Ray, Tim Selgo,
Charlie Thompson, Gary Turbak.
inter-association group has published a consensus statement on the best
practices for sports medicine management for secondary schools and colleges.
“This consensus paper is
written to help guide superintendents of schools, secondary school athletic directors,
college/university athletic department administrators, athletic trainers and
team/school physicians by presenting the best practices in sports medicine
management in the secondary and collegiate settings. This document outlines
important considerations regarding: (1) duties and responsibilities of the
athletic trainer and team physician; (2) supervisory relationships and the
chain of command within the sports medicine team members; (3) decision-making
authority relating to approval for participation of student-athletes, as well
as injury management and return to sport participation status following
injury/illness; (4) administrative authority for the selection, renewal, and
dismissal of related medical personnel; and (5) performance appraisal tools for
the sports medicine team.”
document ends with an Appendix offering “10 Principles to Guide Administration
of Sports Medicine-Athletic Training Services.”