Symptom Collection Process 

  1. The supervisor should explain the difference between 'trait' and 'state' symptoms. 
  2. The athlete should be told that only 'trait' symptoms (those typically present) should be reported when collecting their symptom checklist. 
  3. Athletes should also be advised that the report of any symptom(s) will be followed up. 
  4. The athlete should be given the device and asked to read the symptom statement aloud and then score the symptom. 
  5. After completing the baseline, an athlete reporting any symptom(s) will trigger a notification for a follow-up and retest. This follow-up should be at least 24 hours after the initial symptom collection and following 24 hours of rest from exercise. 
  6. This follow-up assessment should be completed in a quiet environment and one-on-one by the medical professional responsible for that athlete's care. 
  7. Before completing this follow-up symptom checklist, the difference between a 'trait' and 'state' symptom should again be explained, and the player advised that only 'trait' symptoms are to be reported. 
  8. The athlete should also be advised that it is important that they concentrate and be truthful. 
  9. After the retest, the 'best' result from the two tests will be used to form the player's baseline.