In order to protect athletes and Unified partners participating in Special Olympics sports, a nationwide Concussion Awareness and Safety Recognition Policy was established in 2014. The primary focus of this policy is the well-being of Special Olympics participants.
Special Olympics New Jersey ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) Applications developed the first ever baseline concussion assessment, evaluation and management protocol for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The assessment received FDA approval in 2016. The educational webinar teaches families and coaches the following:
- Definition of a concussion
- Signs and symptoms of a concussion
- Treatment protocols
- Return to play requirement
- Hazard of an untreated concussion
Screenings for Athletes
Visit the baseline assessments page to learn more about the free assessment available for athletes. See the impact its had on the SONJ community and if there’s an assessment coming up in your area.
For more information on concussion awareness assessments for athletes, please contact our Healthy Communities Manager, Amelia Hamilton, ARH@SONJ.org.