Sports Medicine Policies & Procedures

Policies and procedures are a critical component of a risk management plan. They are documents that aid in carrying out clear expectations (policies) and instructions (procedures) on various sports medicine topics. By implementing written policies & procedures, organizations are able to communicate desired outcomes to employees, clarify roles and responsibilities and set a foundation for the delivery of safe and effective healthcare.



  • Guiding principles that press the culture, goals and philosophy
  • Widespread application
  • Non-negotiable, change infrequently
  • Expressed in broad terms
  • Are statements of what and/or why
  • Answer major operational issues



  • Step-by-step descriptions of the tasks required to support and carry out organizational policies
  • Narrower focus
  • Subject to change and continuous improvement
  • More detailed description of activities
  • Are statements of how, when, or who & sometimes what
  • Detail a process

It is imperative that sports medicine programs develop and implement comprehensive policies & procedures for all potential injuries in sport. This includes policies & procedures for:

  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  • Exertional Heat Stroke
  • Traumatic Head/Brain Injuries
  • Exertional Collapse Associated with Sickle Cell Trait
  • Lightning
  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Musculoskeletal injury
  • Pre-participation examinations