The Connecticut interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) has recommended that parents and athletes become familiar with the recognition of concussion signs and symptoms of a concussion; the means of obtaining proper medical treatment for a person suspected of sustaining a concussion; the nature and risks of concussion, including the danger of continuing to play after sustaining a concussion; and the proper method of allowing a student athlete who has sustained a concussion to return to play.
The following links are excellent sources of information. Please take the time to become informed.
Connecticut Concussion Task Force Video
Parent Information Concussions
NCPS Concussion Protocol and Forms
New Canaan High School Injury Report Procedure:
All injuries must be reported to the Certified Athletic Trainer by the athlete. An Accident Report Form will be completed by the Certified Athletic Trainer. If medical evaluation is recommended, a physician should be consulted. A Participation Information Form (PIF) will be issued by the Certified Athletic Trainer when it is deemed necessary for an athlete to be restricted or removed from athletic participation. The athlete's physician or the Certified Athletic Trainer will make this decision. The athletes must present the PIF to the coach.
Head Injuries: Concussion
New Canaan High School follows the guidelines set forth by Connecticut's Public Act 10-62, " An Act Concerning Student Athletes and Concussion". It is our policy that athletes who sustain a concussion, regardless of how minor, must be excluded from participation in athletics (practice or play) until he/she is evaluated by a physician.
New Canaan High School Return to Play Guidelines for Post-Concussion Athletes:
- Athlete must submit a written note from the physician stating the following; diagnosis, restrictions or clearance for return to activity.
- Athlete must be symptom free for a minimum of 7 days or more. This may vary due to individual circumstances.
- Under supervision, the athlete will be given a provocation test which will include, jogging, pushups, sit ups and squat thrusts.
- The athlete must be symptom free during the test. If symptoms develop, the test will be stopped.
- The athlete will repeat the test in one (1) week. Absence from sports for a prolonged period of time will require the athlete to complete a conditioning program prior to returning to their sport. The specifics of the conditioning program are dependent on the amount of missed sports participation. Specific sports training will progress from non-contact drills to full contact drills and then to game play. athletes must participate in full practices prior to returning to competition.