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 in the beginning of each school year. The program used is Concussion in Sports By the CDC & National Federation of High School sports. This program will be emailed home to parents to complete prior to their child’s sport season. The program can be found here and is free.
Concussion Baseline Testing
All rising seventh through twelfth grade students who participate in School Athletics are concussion baseline tested biannually. The testing takes approximately one hour and consists of a comprehensive symptom check-list, Sport Concussion Assessment Tool test, 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 Athletics Forms & Downloads 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 Concussion Policy should be directed to the athletic trainers.