Return to Play Policy

UpdatedTuesday March 31, 2020 byChris Hillson.

CHESHIRE JUNIOR FOOTBALL/CHEERLEADING
CDC - RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES --


*** This 5–Step Program cannot begin until day an Athlete is cleared by a Healthcare
Professional.


*** It takes a minimum of 5-Days & must be conducted by CJF/CJC Coach, Board Member, Player
Safety Coach or Other Certified Healthcare Professional


Baseline: No Symptoms
As the baseline step of the Return to Play Progression, the athlete needs to have completed
physical and cognitive rest and not be experiencing concussion symptoms for a minimum of 24
hours. Keep in mind, the younger the athlete, the more conservative the treatment.


Step 1: Light aerobic activity
The Goal: Only to increase an athlete’s heart rate.
The Time: 5 to 10 minutes.
The Activities: Exercise bike, walking, or light jogging.
Absolutely no weight lifting, jumping or hard running.


Step 2:Moderate activity
The Goal: Limited body and head movement.
The Time: Reduced from typical routine.
The Activities: Moderate jogging, brief running, moderate-intensity stationary biking, and
moderate-intensity weightlifting


Step 3: Heavy, non-contact activity
The Goal: More intense but non-contact
The Time: Close to typical routine
The Activities: Running, high-intensity stationary biking, the player’s regular weightlifting
routine, and non-contact sport-specific drills. This stage may add some cognitive component to
practice in addition to the aerobic and movement components introduced in Steps 1 and 2.


Step 4: Practice & full contact
The Goal: Reintegrate in full contact practice.


Step 5:Competition
The Goal: Return to competition.