Smarter, Safer Concussion Management
for the Student Athlete

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Sports Concussion New England
Sports Concussion New England 5-Step Program

Read more about this model for school concussion care in Dr. McGrath’s award-winning 2011 Journal of Athletic Training article.

STEP
1
Concussion Education for Players, Coaches, Parents, and School Staff
Focused pre-season meetings for players, coaches, and parents that include:
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Basic information about concussion signs, symptoms, and recovery
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How neurocognitive and sideline testing are used
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Risks of returning to contact too soon
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Effects of concussion on school performance
Seminars for school personnel to better prepare them to support student athletes recovering from concussions
STEP
2
Baseline Testing with ImPACT©
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Contact-sports players take a pre-season computerized test to establish their baseline level of memory, reaction time, and processing speed.
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ImPACT© (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the best-researched and most widely-used software for this purpose.
STEP
3
Post-Concussion Evaluation
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Teams are trained in the use of a standard sideline test that screens for common concussion symptoms and cognitive dysfunction.
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ImPACT© testing is repeated in the days immediately following the concussion to track the athlete's recovery. Results are analyzed by our team of neuropsychologists: Dr. Brie Insalaco, Dr. Alexandra Jackson, and Dr. Neal McGrath, New England’s first Credentialed ImPACT© Consultant
STEP
4
Academic Support During Recovery
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Many student athletes have difficulty meeting academic demands in school after a concussion due to ongoing symptoms.
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Office evaluation is available to identify individualized, specific accommodations that will allow the injured student to keep up in school as much as possible while facilitating the recovery process.
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Specialized clinical consultation can be provided to teachers, guidance counselors and parents

Dr. Neal McGrath's award winning 2011 Journal of Athletic Training article

STEP
5
Concussion Policy and Return-to-Play Consultation
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Deciding when an athlete who has had a concussion is ready to return to a contact sport is often difficult for even experienced athletic trainers, team physicians, coaches, and family doctors. Parents rely on the judgment of these professionals.
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Neuropsychological consultation with objective cognitive testing provides invaluable expert support to these professionals.
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Knowing that symptoms have fully cleared and cognitive testing is back to baseline provides the best assurance that the student athlete is ready to return to full contact without undue risk of complications.
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By providing a state-of-the-art program with clear guidelines that support timely and safe return to play, school administrators, athletic departments, and families can feel greater confidence in these decisions.
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We provide expert consultation to schools to assist them in developing concussion management policies in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations.