Our health services and athletic trainers use ImPact concussion testing as one tool to assess concussion. Every student at Suffield must take an ImPact baseline test when arriving to campus. If a concussion is suspected, a follow up test will be performed when and the resulting scores are compared with their baseline. This assessment is correlated with ongoing symptom presentation and physical exam before a return to learn and return to plan are developed. Following a concussion, all athletes are required to complete a 5 step return to play protocol before being cleared for full participation in sport. This process is overseen by the nurses and athletic trainers collectively. The return to play steps are as follows:
If ImPact scores meet or exceed baseline then the athlete may progress to Day 1, each day must be passed by approval under ATC supervision.
Day 1: 20 min jogging or biking
Day 2: 40 min jogging or biking
Day 3: Non-contact practice with sports specific exercises (usually with team)
Day 4: Full contact practice with team (non-competition/game setting)
Day 5: Full return to play without restriction.