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Monroe Lions

Football and Cheer

Return to Play Protocol

Step 1

Light aerobic exercise only to increase heart rate: 5 to 10 minutes: light jog or exercise bike

Step 2

Continued aerobic activity: moderate jogging, brief running, bike

Step 3

Heavy non contact activity: Sprints, weights, non contact football drills

Step 4

Athlete returns to controlled football practice

Step 5

Full return to competition


Key Points

Only begin return to play protocol after athlete is symptom free and cleared by a Licensed Medical Professional. 

Coaches must monitor for a return of symptoms at every stage. 

Only one stage a day. 

Move to next stage if athlete remains symptom free for 24 hour following trial.

If symptoms reappear, rest until they subside, begin at step 1.