Please note: All information on the webpage was reviewed and approved by HC's Medical Inspector.
The incidence of a head injury or a concussion in a student-athlete is taken extremely seriously by the Athletic Department, athletic trainers and coaches at Hunterdon Central.
It is imperative that all parents/guardians of young athletes be informed about this type of injury, the potential consequences and the procedures in place to protect their children. The following concussion information is a 'must-read' for the parents/guardians of student-athletes.
- An athlete with 2 concussions per season will be removed from contact sports for the remainder of that season. Return to play will require neurocognitive testing and approval by the school medical inspector.
- An athlete with a history of 3 or more concussions is highly recommended to avoid contact sports. Participation will require neurocognitive testing and be at the discretion of the school medical inspector.
- Cutting edge research suggests that a concussion produces metabolic, rather than anatomic, injury to the brain, making CT scanning and MRI insensitive to the physiological changes in the concussed brain.
- Post-concussion syndrome can involve decreased processing speed, short term memory impairment, concentration deficit, depression/irritability, fatigue/sleep disturbance, and academic difficulties.
- An athlete who sustains a concussion is 4-6 times more likely to sustain a second concussion.
Please click to access and read: Hunterdon Central's Regulations on the Prevention and Treatment of Sports-Related Head Injuries and Concussions.
Hunterdon Central utilizes a software program to assess head injuries, called ImPACT. This program tests all athletes pre-season and obtains a baseline measurement of neurocognitive function. During the season, if an athlete has a suspected head injury, he/she is retested and the result is compared to that original, baseline measurement. An athlete is not allowed to return to play after a head injury until his/her measurement return to the baseline normal status.Please click to access and read:ImPACT Testing Directions