Return to Play Guidelines

After an athlete suffers from a concussion, only a medical professional should return the athlete to play. The Return to Play Guidelines below are developed by Dr. Robert Cantu for medical professionals to use as a method to help determine when it is safe for an athlete to return.

Cantu’s Return to Play Guidelines

* No headache, dizziness, or impaired orientation, concentration, or memory during rest or exertion.

 Since 2001, concussion experts from around the world have been meeting every few years to update concussion guidelines in sports. Dr. Cantu has been an author of each statement. Click here to find the most recent article Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport 3rd International Conference on Concussion in Sport Held in Zurich, November 2008.

The next meeting will be held in Zurich in November, 2012, after which new guidelines will be published.