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Go Bulldogs!Concussion Management


Bancroft School follows the ImPACT® Concussion Management Model for assessing and treating student athletes before, during, and after a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). From preseason baseline testing to post-injury safe return to play, this model ensures the highest level of care for our students. Return-to-play decisions are based on post-injury test results plus the combined input of healthcare professionals, athletic trainers, parents, and the student athlete, which helps limit the likelihood of long-term injury.

  • Students suspected of having a head injury will be immediately removed from play, and will not be allowed to return to play on the same day of the injury.
  • The certified athletic trainer or school nurse at Bancroft School will evaluate all suspected head injuries. These individuals are trained to make the determination if the student will need to see a physician, or if the student requires emergency medical services (EMS).
  • The certified athletic trainer or school nurse will notify the parent if a student athlete has a suspected mTBI. In the event that neither the certified athletic trainer nor school nurse is available, the coach and/or teacher responsible for the student will notify the parent.

In addition, coaches will be required to attend annual training to review Bancroft School’s Athletic Department rules relative to safety, including but not limited to recognition of symptoms of head injury, the biology and short-term and long-term consequences of a concussion, second impact syndrome, and rules for return to play after a head injury or concussion. Coaches will also be required to annually perform concussion training online through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), or  http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/ or the National Federation of State High School Associations (NHFS). 

Parents and student athletes will be given an Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Care Plan form (Appendix A), a copy of the Graduated Asymptomatic Return to Play (RTP) Protocol After a Concussion, and Physician Clearance For Return to Play form (Appendix B) if needed. 

Signs and symptoms of a concussion or mTBI include, but are not limited to:

Loss of consciousness
Feeling “zoned out” or “in a fog”
Slurred speech
Sensitivity to light/noise
Problems concentrating
Balance disturbance
Vision disturbance

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