Concussion Information

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.

Important Information on Concussions:

Please click to access and read: Sport-Related Concussion & Head Injury Fact Sheet

Please click to access and read: Management of Sport-Related Concussion


How does Hunterdon Central Handle Concussions?

What is ImPACT:

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