Original ArticlesIt's Just a Game: Preconcussion Baseline Assessment and Return-to-Play Guidelines for Sports-Related ConcussionsMelander, Jeremy; Ceynar Moen, JenniferAuthor Information Jeremy Melander, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, Nurse Practitioner at The Bone & Joint Center: Orthopedic Center of Excellence, Bismarck, ND; Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training & Nursing/Master of Science Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner. Jennifer Ceynar Moen, RN, MSN, DNP, FNP-BC, Adjunct faculty member at University of Mary, practicing Nurse Practitioner at Sanford Health Bismarck, ND, and member of the Evidence Based Nursing Council. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise. Orthopaedic Nursing: November/December 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 6 - p 323-328 doi: 10.1097/NOR.0000000000000102 Buy Take the CE Test Metrics Abstract Every year, millions of athletes of all ages participate in recreational activities, putting many at risk for sports-related concussions. This topic has gained national attention and placed pressure on governing bodies to hold the healthcare industry responsible for identifying, managing, and clearing athletes. As we gather more information about the mechanism and pathophysiological process of concussions, it is clear that no single factor plays a role in prevention. Preconcussion clinical assessment and education are paramount to identify risk factors and reduce the risk of long-term complications. Some experts consider computerized baseline neuropsychological testing as the “cornerstone” in the evaluation and management of sports-related concussions and may be a valuable future tool. To ensure the safety of athletes, individualized graduated return-to-play protocols have been developed. This article provides an overview of the newest guidelines and education regarding preconcussion baseline assessments and provides consistency in the evaluation and management of return-to-play recommendations. ©2014 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.