Click on the file titled, "SHP Concussion Policy" in the "Downloads" section of your screen for Seton Hall Prep's official policy on concussions.
Procedure for suspected concussion
- The student athlete with concussion symptoms must be removed from their activity immediately with no return to play that day. No exceptions.
- The student athlete will be referred to their physician (or hospital) for diagnosis.
- If concussed, they must be symptom free for 7 days. The 7 days begins once symptoms disappear
- They then (and not prior to) will start functional testing of 4 days
- They must be cleared by their physician to return to play
Return to Play (RTP) Procedures after Concussion
- Return to play is a medical decision. The athlete must meet all of the following criteria in order to progress to activity.
- Asymptomatic at rest and with exertion and have written clearance from their primary care provider which has been trained in or is a concussion specialist (he or she has received training in the evaluation and management of concussions (N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41, 4)
2. Once the above criteria are met, the athlete will be progressed back to full activity following the step-wise process noted in the RTP sheet. (This progression must be supervised by SHP Certified Athletic Trainer or outside facility who is managing the injury).
6-Stepwise (Exertion protocol) progression
- Step 1: No activity, complete physical and cognitive rest. The objective of this step is recovery. 1 week without symptoms (7 full days).
Step 2: Light aerobic exercise, which includes walking, swimming or stationary cycling, keeping the intensity < 70% maximum percentage heart rate; no resistance training. The objective of this step is increased heart rate.
Step 3: Sport-specific exercise including skating, and/or running drills; no head impact activities. The objective of this step is to add movement.
Step 4: Non-contact training drills involving progression to more complex training drills (e.g. passing drills). The student-athlete may initiate progressive resistance training.
Step 5: Following medical clearance, participation in normal training activities. The objective of this step is to restore confidence and assess functional skills by the coaching staff.
Step 6: Return to play involving normal exertion or game activity. Student must be cleared by physician before returning to play.
- If ANY symptoms return, the student athlete is referred back to their physician for further evaluation.
- If concussion symptoms reoccur during the graduated return-to-play exercise protocol, the student-athlete will return to the previous level of activity that caused no symptoms and then advance as tolerated.
- Please note, the physician must have received training in the evaluation and management of concussions. (N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41, 4)