The proper management of the injury includes, in part, tracking the resolution of symptoms following a concussion. While the resolution of symptoms should not be the sole basis for determining the return-to-activity status of a concussed patient, it should be utilized as part of a more comprehensive clinical decision-making process. To manage concussion care, you will need a plan for return to activity or Return to Play.
Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Care Plan
The ACE is a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice tool kit. The ACE Care Plan provides an example of the guidelines that can be used to help manage the progression of return to activity for individuals who have suffered a concussion. The Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice tool kit also includes the ACE evaluation form, which can be used during the clinical evaluation to help determine whether or not an individual has sustained a concussion.