CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT TEAM
Associate Athletic Director
Certified Athletic Trainer
The Massasoit Community College Athletics Department partnered with Signature Healthcare to create the following Concussion Management Plan for all eight Warrior athletics teams.
Coaches: An informational concussion meeting is required for all coaches prior to the start of their season to include concussion signs/symptoms, risks and concussion management protocols. Coaches will be provided with a Concussion Fact sheet and sign a Concussion Acknowledgement form.
Student-athletes: An informational concussion meeting is required for all student-athletes prior to the start of their season to include concussion signs/symptoms, risks and Impact baseline test. Student-athletes will be provided with a Concussion Fact sheet and sign a Concussion Acknowledgement form.
Educational Posters will be posted in team locker rooms, the training room and bulletin boards in the field house.
All student-athletes will be mandated to take the Impact Baseline test on-line before the start of the season.
IF A SUSPECTED CONCUSSION OCCURS AND A STUDENT-ATHLETE DISPLAYS SYMPTOMS
- Remove student-athlete immediately from the game/practice and all physical activity.
- The student-athlete must be evaluated by a certified athletic trainer or EMT with experience in evaluation and management of concussion.
- The student-athlete with a suspected concussion shall not return to physical activity until a second Impact test is administered, the results evaluated and written documentation is provided by a qualified Impact healthcare provider or physician.
IF A SUSPECTED CONCUSSION OCCURS AND THERE ARE NO SYMPTOMS
- After a field evaluation by an EMT or ATC determines that there are no symptoms present, the student-athlete will not return to play and is removed from any physical activity for 24 hours.
- After at least 24 hours, the student-athlete is re-evaluated by the ATC for symptoms.
- If no symptoms, the student-athlete may return to full activity with clearance from the ATC.
- If symptoms are present, the student-athlete shall not return to physical activity until a second Impact test is administered, the results evaluated and written documentation is provided by a qualified Impact healthcare provider or physician.
GRADUAL RETURN TO PLAY 24 hours (or longer) for each stage
If symptoms arise during the progression, student-athlete regresses to previous step.
- Rest until asymptomatic (physical and mental
An athlete with a concussion should be instructed to rest, but complete bed rest is not recommended. The athlete should resume normal activities of daily living, while avoiding activities that potentially increase symptoms. The athlete may resume a graded program of physical and mental exertion without contact or risk of concussion.
If symptoms appear, the exertion level should be scaled back to allow maximal activity without triggering symptoms.
An athlete with a concussion should be instructed to avoid taking medications after the injury. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) should only be administered at the recommendation of a physician.
- Light aerobic exercise - walking progressing to a light jog
- Sport-specific exercise
- Non-contact training drills
- Full contact training after medical clearance
- Return to competition