Overview

Nueva’s sports medicine program provides injury prevention measures as well as evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries. Athletic training staff provides appropriate medical coverage for Upper School interscholastic athletic practices and home competitions. The safety and health of student-athletes is our number one priority and we are committed to returning student-athletes to competition as quickly and safely as possible. To that end, Nueva’s sports medicine program adheres to the guidelines and standards set forth by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), with concussion management based chiefly on CIF protocols.

Concussion Management

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a direct force to the head or body that results in rapid acceleration and deceleration of the brain. A concussion can occur with or without loss of consciousness and may affect motor control, mental status, and neurocognitive functioning.

All Nueva student-athletes will complete baseline testing at the beginning of their sports season. The online Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) software will be used to complete this testing on a team or (as necessary) individual basis. The purpose of baseline testing is to have objective data demonstrating a student-athlete’s “normal” functioning that will act as a basis for comparison should he or she sustain a concussion during competition.

California State Law AB 25

Effective January 1, 2012, this law requires a student-athlete who may have a concussion during a practice or game to be removed from the activity for the remainder of the day. Any athlete removed for this reason must receive a written note from a medical doctor trained in the management of concussion before returning to practice.

Return to Play (RTP)

Concussion symptoms should be completely gone before returning to competition. An RTP after concussion should occur only with medical clearance from a medical doctor trained in the evaluation and management of concussions, and a step-wise progression program monitored by an athletic trainer, coach, or other identified school administrator. Please see cifstate.org for a graduated return-to-play plan. (AB 2127, a California state law that became effective 1/1/15, states that return to play [i.e., full competition] must be no sooner than 7 days after the concussion diagnosis has been made by a physician.)

Resources

California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Concussion Information
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Specific Concussion Information
The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Position Statement: Management of Sport Concussion

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