Our concussion policy consists of four components that encompass education, baseline testing, and returning our students back to the classroom and sport. We feel all of these components are essential to the health and safety of our student-athletes. Below you can learn more about these components and view any of the associated forms.
Concussion Education Program
All teachers and administrators attend a concussion education presentation by a concussion expert from The University of Virginia before the school year begins. Coaches are required to attend either the presentation for teachers or take an online course. Parents of rising seventh-twelfth grade students and rising grades 9 - 12 students are required to take this same online course before the student can participate in the School’s athletic program. Seventh and eighth grade students are given an in-school concussion education presentation by the head athletic trainer. This online concussion education course is a ConcussionWise course created by Sport Safety International. Visit the Athletic Requirements page for the course link and instructions.
Concussion Baseline Testing
All rising seventh through twelfth grade students who participate in School Athletics are concussion baseline tested annually. The testing takes approximately one hour and consists of a comprehensive symptom check-list, Standardized Assessment of Concussion evaluation, Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) test, and supervised online neurocognitive test. We offer baseline testing dates prior to each season, including summer. We encourage fall athletes to sign-up and attend the summer testing dates, which can be found on our Athletic Requirements page.
Concussion Return to Learn
Once a student is diagnosed with a concussion, he or she is monitored closely by the head athletic trainer, who is the liaison between the student and the teachers. Our Return to Learn program was designed in an effort to simplify and clarify expectations of the student, parents, and teachers and aid in reducing the anxiety involved with a concussion recovery.
Concussion Return to Play
Once a student has returned to full academics, then he/she begins our Return to Play protocol. This is a gradual five-step process to ensure a safe return to sport. Each step is performed on a separate day, so the student will return no sooner than five days after his/her first symptom-free day.
All questions regarding the STAB Concussion Program should be directed to Head Athletic Trainer Shari Norte.