Marin Academy utilizes a comprehensive plan to manage concussions for all student-athletes, which is organized & implemented by the Athletic Trainer. Please click on the link to learn about the components of our program.
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Concussion Management Program
Marin Academy utilizes a comprehensive plan to manage concussions for all student-athletes, which is organized & implemented by the Athletic Trainer. The components of this plan are:
ImPACT Testing program: all student-athletes take a baseline ImPACT test as 9th & 11th graders. ImPACT is a computerized neuropsychological test that assesses how the brain is processing information. Tasks during this test involve word memory (immediate & delayed), number tracking/spatial awareness, reaction time, orientation of shapes. Taking this test as a baseline allows us to compare post-injury tests to what is normal for the individual. In the event of a concussion (or a mechanism that raises concern for concussion), a post-injury test would be administered in the Athletic Training Room.
Immediate evaluation by the Athletic Trainer: As an Athletic Trainer, I have been evaluating and managing concussions (in conjunction with physicians) throughout my career. I have continually pursued Continuing Education in Concussion evaluation and management, and keep abreast of best practices for evaluation and management as determined by the Sports Medicine community.
Serial evaluation & assessment, which generally involves monitoring symptoms, and establishing appropriate physical & cognitive activity levels depending on the presence and/or resolution of symptoms
With the athlete, explaining the injury they've suffered and the best way to manage this injury when they go home.
With the parents, either immediately if they are present at the time of injury, or in a timely manner after the injury
With Dr Eric Freitag, PsyD, who oversees our ImPACT testing program and reviews all baseline & post-injury tests
With the student-athlete's physician, as necessary. Sometimes this is as simple as providing MA’s Return To Play Progression to the student-athlete to share with the physician.
With the Academic Dean, Dean of Students, the student-athlete’s Class Dean, and their Advisor/AC to inform them of the injury, and communicate any academic accommodations that may be necessary.
Progressing the student-athlete through a Gradual Return To Play Progression, as deemed appropriate by Dr Freitag, the student-athlete’s physician, and the Athletic Trainer. As of January 1, 2015, per CIF Bylaw 503 H & CA Assembly Bill 2127: All concussions and head injuries MUST follow a Return-to-Play protocol take a minimum of 7 days to be completed by the athlete, which begins on the date of diagnosis by the athlete’s physician.