What is a Concussion: A concussion is a physiological injury to the brain from a sudden blow, hit, or rotational force to the head, or body. The result is an alteration of normal brain function and can provide a wide variety of symptoms. Every concussion is unique even within the same athlete. Concussions DO NOT show on typical imaging such as X-Ray, MRI or CT Scan.
Canton High School has created a policy in accordance with State of Massachusetts regulations, and overseen by the Department of Public Health. The entire student-athlete is addressed in this policy as both academic and athletic accommodations are discussed. Each plan is individualized to the particular student, and updated as needed. To read the complete policy: Click Here
SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION
- Balance Problems
- Retrograde Amnesia
- Anterograde Amnesia
- Light Sensitivity
- Noise Sensitivity
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Feeling mentally foggy
- Numbness or tingling
- Feeling slowed down
- Feeling more emotional
- Any combination of these Symptoms could be present with a concussion
Concussion management is a TEAM approach at Canton High School. The AT and school nurses will communicate to the appropriate channels the needs of the injured student-athlete. The school nurses will provide information to teachers, guidance and others within the school, while the AT will speak with coaches and the Athletic Director as necessary.
ImPact Testing at Canton
ImPact testing at Canton High School is utilized as a tool to help safely return our student-athletes to athletics. It is the most widely used and scientifically validated neuro-cognitive testing. Baseline testing is done every 2 years for collision/contact sports. Post-Injury testing is available for any student or student-athlete at CHS. We are lucky in Massachusetts, the MIAA and Massachusetts Coalition for Concussion Management provide this testing to the district at no charge.
Please remember, ImPact is only one tool in the tool box to help us return safely to sports.
A Return to Sport Protocol must also be completed prior to full competition. An example can be found here.
Important Concussion Links
- NFHS Concussion Course for Coaches, Parents, and Student Athletes
- CDC Heads up Training for Parents and Student Athletes
- Play Smart: Understanding Concussions
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health Information
- Massachusetts Concussion Management Coalition
- ImPact Test Information
- Return to Sport Clearance Form
- PSA from NFL Players- Man up
- The CTE Diaries: A must watch
Canton Public Schools Concussion Links
- Summary of Concussion Policy
- CPS Concussion Policy
- Appendices from CPS Policy
- Student/Parent Packet 2018-2019
- Report of Head Injury Form: Please use this if your student-athlete sustains a concussion outside of CHS Athletics