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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 student-athletes. Return-to-play decisions are based on post-injury ImPACT test results combined with input of healthcare professionals, Certified Athletic Trainers, parents, and the student-athlete, which helps limit the likelihood of long-term injury.

  • Students suspected of having a head injury are immediately removed from play for evaluation by a Certified Athletic Trainer or school nurse. These individuals are trained to make the determination if the student will need to see a physician or emergency medical services (EMS).
  • The Certified Athletic Trainer or school nurse will notify the parent if a student-athlete has a suspected mTBI and will inform them of the next steps in the concussion protocol. 
  • Parents are also provided with the Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Care Plan, Physician Clearance for Return to Play form, and the Graduated Asymptomatic Return to Play (RTP) Protocol. Click buttons below


All Bancroft coaches are required to complete online concussion training from either the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) annually and review the School's athletic department concussion protocols prior to each season with the Director of Athletics and Certified Athletic Trainer. These policies include information about

  • Recognition of symptoms of head injury
  • The biology and short-term and long-term consequences of a concussion
  • Second impact syndrome
  • Rules for return to play after a head injury or concussion
Parents are strongly encouraged to complete this free online concussion training program as well. Links to these online resources can be found below. 

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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