Concussion Management Program
Understanding head injuries is still an inexact science; the CDC describes a concussion as a "traumatic brain injury that comes from a blow to the head." Most concussions occur without a loss of consciousness and simply are not as plainly obvious as a bad broken bone or sprain. Eliminating concussions is next to impossible; in contact sports, injuries of all sorts are inevitable. That makes recognizing head injuries, treating them, and ensuring an athlete is fully healed before she returns to the field is absolutely critical.
It is the policy of The Ursuline School to ensure that students who have suffered traumatic brain injury (concussion injury) receive support and services necessary to remain safe, and to the best extent possible, maintain their baseline health status during the school year.
The Ursuline School policy regarding athletic concussion protocol is outlined here.
New York State Public High School Athletic Association has established a Concussion Information Sheet for Student and Parents which can be viewed here. The CDC has established an information sheet for parents which can be viewed here.
The Ursuline School is currently implementing an innovative program for our student-athletes. This program will assist physicians/athletic trainers in evaluating and treating head injuries (e.g., concussion). In order to better manage concussions sustained by our student-athletes, we have acquired a software tool called ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). ImPACT is a computerized exam utilized in many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs across the country to successfully diagnose and manage concussions. If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury during competition, ImPACT is used to help determine the severity of head injury and when the injury has fully healed.
The computerized exam is given to athletes before beginning contact sport practice or competition. This non-invasive test is set up in “video-game” type format and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. It is simple, and actually many athletes enjoy the challenge of taking the test. Essentially, the ImPACT test is a preseason physical of the brain. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. It, however, is not an IQ test.
All Varsity and JV athletes must complete a baseline test to be eligible to compete in their season. Tests are good for 2 years. If you have any questions regarding ImPACT, please contact Ms. Amanda Bachmann, Assistant Athletic Director/ Athletic Trainer at 914-500-6237 or firstname.lastname@example.org