Symptom Collection Process
- The supervisor should explain the difference between 'trait' and 'state' symptoms.
- The athlete should be told that only 'trait' symptoms (those typically present) should be reported when collecting their symptom checklist.
- Athletes should also be advised that the report of any symptom(s) will be followed up.
- The athlete should be given the device and asked to read the symptom statement aloud and then score the symptom.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The athlete should also be advised that it is important that they concentrate and be truthful.
- After the retest, the 'best' result from the two tests will be used to form the player's baseline.