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Marin Academy's Concussion Management Program

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
  • Communication:
    • 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.
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