The care of our student-athletes is one of the primary objectives of the Andover Athletic Department. The effects of concussions and head injuries on people is at the forefront of medical studies across the country. The information provided here outlines basic facts and information regarding concussions. You don't have to play a contact sport in order to receive a concussion. Any bump, jolt, or blow to the head or body can potentially cause a concussion.
Please read the concussion fact sheets located below. These fact sheets will provide you with basic information about concussions.
Heads Up A Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents
Heads Up A Concussion Fact Sheet for Student Athletes
Per MIAA rule 56.4, any student/athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion shall be immediately removed from practice or competition. The student/athlete must be impacted tested within 72 hours of the injury and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health care professional. Student-athletes who sustain a concussion must be symptom free for at least 24 hours as well as have physician clearance (in the form of a note given to the AHS nursing staff) and have passed the second post injury impact test before the 5 step gradual return to play begins. The first three days of practice and play are supervised by AHS Athletic Department staff.
These guidelines, including the gradual return to play progression cannot be overridden by the coaching staff or a note from a parent or the student-athlete's personal physician.
NRHN Concussion Management Guidelines
Below is the State of Massachusetts law regarding Head Injuries and Concussions in Extra Curricular Activities
Massachusetts State Law
There are specific forms required by the new law about concussions. These forms are below.
Pre Participation Concussion History Form
Report of Head Injury Form
Post Head Injury Medical Clearance Form
During the registration process the web site refers to a training class on concussions that parents have to complete and share the information with their student athlete. please click the link below for the class