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Sport-related concussion (SRC) is a prevalent injury that affects millions of youth and young adults every year (McKeithan et al., 2019). The sequelae associated with an SRC can interfere with a student athletes’ ability to participate in school, return to play, and perform daily tasks (DeMatteo et al., 2018). Common practice in concussion management highlights the significance of getting individuals back to engaging in all areas of their lives; and this is consistent with the emphasis on participation by occupational therapy (OT) practitioners (DeMatteo et al., 2018). Despite the beneficial role that OT may offer, not only is there limited literature supporting the role of OT in concussion management, but the literature has not been organized in a way that is easily accessible for OT practitioners to utilize in practice. This paper will provide a detailed overview and guidelines for OT intervention in the management of SRC in student athletes.

Publication Date

Summer 8-12-2021


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

Occupational Therapy, Sports, Athletes, Brain Concussion, Return to Sport, Students, Adolescent, Young Adult, Practice Guidelines


Neurology | Occupational Therapy | Sports Sciences


Poster presented at the Summer 2021 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences held online on August 12, 2021.

An Occupational Therapy Practice Guide for Sport-Related Concussion in Student Athletes