What You Should Know about Your Student’s Concussion at Saint Ignatius

  • If a student has been removed from play for a possible concussion, per Illinois State Law, he/she can only return to play if cleared by a Medical Doctor (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO). We strongly recommend the student sees a concussion specialist or sports medicine physician. The Athletic Training Staff will assist in a referral to a physician.
  • The physician must complete the Athletico Concussion Physician Form to confirm the Return-to-Play protocol utilized at StIgnatius.  Copies of this form, along with any other documentation, should be given to the Athletic Trainers or the school Nurse.
  • The Nurse and the Athletic Trainers will communicate when a student has a suspected concussion. The student must check in with the Nurse the next time they attend school.
  • The Nurse will inform the student’s Counselor. The Counselor will alert the teachers of the injury and any academic accommodations.
  • The student must check-in with the Athletic Trainers on a daily basis to have signs and symptoms recorded. They should also check in with the Nurse during the school day as needed.
  • Students and their parents/guardians will be provided with IHSA educational materials regarding the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries, including the risks inherent in continuing to play after a concussion or head injury. The IHSA Post-Concussion Consent Form must be signed by the student and the parent/guardian and returned to the Athletic Trainers.
  • Student-athletes with a baseline ImPACT test will be retested prior to starting the Return-to-Play Progression to ensure that equivalent neuro-cognitive function has returned. The scores will be reviewed by the treating physician and any abnormalities may result in a delayed Return-to-Play start.
  • Before returning to participate in StIgnatius Athletics, the student-athlete must be caught up with ALL schoolwork (Academically Cleared). Students must make an appointment with their Counselor to pick up an Academic Clearance Form and have each teacher sign it to confirm that the student is up to date with all school work.  Academic clearance will be determined by their Counselor after signatures are collected, and communicated to the Athletic Trainers.