Assessment of the injured rider and return to competition should be in accordance with the guidelines for the assessment and management of concussion as contained within the International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport Zurich 2012.
In the event of a suspected concussion the rider should be assessed using a recognised assessment tool such as SCAT5 or similar. If the assessment confirms a concussion the rider should immediately be excluded from competition for at least that day. Prior to returning to competition the rider should be assessed for and provide documentary evidence of a return to normal neuro-psychological function using for example the IMPACT system, functional MRI scan or similar.
Additional Concussion Resources
- Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool: The PocketCRT can be utilised on-track or in the medical centre in recognising the visible clues, and signs and symptoms of concussion. Riders suspected of having concussion must be removed from riding or training and should be referred to a Medical Practitioner or Emergency Department for further assessment and diagnosis.
- Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT5): The SCAT5 is a standardised tool for evaluating injured riders for concussion and can be used in athletes aged from 13 years and older. For use by medical professionals only.
- Child Sport Concussion Assessment Tool: (ChildSCAT5) Sport Concussion Assessment Tool for children ages 5 to12 years. The ChildSCAT5 is a standardised tool for evaluating injured children for concussion. For use by medical professionals only.
- Concussion Action Plan
- Injury Report Form
Procedure in case of doubt of medical fitness
The examining doctor may not feel able to approve an applicant on medical grounds. In such a case he or she should complete the certificate, having ticked the relevant box, sign it, and then send it to Motorcycling Australia with their observations, including past history. If necessary, they should request that the applicant be examined by a medical professional appointed by Motorcycling Australia or the State Controlling Body.
Cost of medical examination
Any fee arising from the examination or completion of the medical certificate is the responsibility of the applicant.