Dear Marin Catholic Parents and Athletes,
In 2009, amid growing concerns about sport related concussions in young athletes, Marin Catholic High School partnered with Dr. Eric J. Freitag, a neuropsychologist and expert on concussion assessment and care. We were one of the first high schools in Northern California to offer a comprehensive sport concussion assessment and management program.
During the past eight years we have completed 1619 baseline tests and treated 285 athletes who have sustained concussions. This program has provided us with an effective tool in ensuring that Marin Catholic athletes have recovered from their concussion and are returned to the field safe, healthy and ready!
The goal of the MCHS sport concussion program is twofold: First, we utilize objective, highly sensitive, computerized neurocognitive testing called ImPACT™ as an effective tool in determining when an athlete has recovered from their injury and is safe to return to athletic participation. Our injury management protocol is a similar approach used by the NFL, Major League Soccer, and several NCAA schools. Our second goal is to ensure that our athletes, coaches, staff and parents are educated in proper concussion management and care. To that end, Dr. Freitag has provided several presentations to parents, athletes and coaches on concussion education. In addition, every MCHS coach has to complete an online multimedia educational program on concussion management in young athletes.
We will offer three baseline clinics for the 2017/2018 school year. These clinics will be announced with school announcement, websites, and emails. It is very important that you have your child tested on one of these days; there will not be further tests during the school year. We would like students to have a new baseline every two years. Ideally, students will get a baseline as a Freshman and a Junior. If you are unsure if your student athlete needs a new baseline you can contact me via e-mail.
Our first baseline clinic for the 2017/18 school year will be held this Spring! Please save the date for Friday, May 12 at 1:25. This is an early dismissal day, testing will take place in the Library immediately after flex dismissal. We would like to STRONGLY ENCOURAGE THAT ANY FALL SPORT ATHLETE GET TESTED DURING THE SPRING BASELINE CLINIC ON MAY 12TH. By completing the baseline test this Spring, you can ensure that the Fall baseline testing will not interfere with any practice times or games. There is no need to sign up in advance. We have the capability to test 40 students at one time and testing takes approximately 30 minutes. Multiple test session will be held to accommodate all that show up.
A second and third baseline clinic will be scheduled for August 10th, following freshman orientation at 1:00 and August 25th following school dismissal at approximately 12:15. This will take place in the Pope John Paul II Student Center. Finally, to coincide with the Baseline Clinics, Dr. Freitag will be giving a presentation on concussion education. This will be on Aug. 17 in conjunction with the Frosh/Transfer Student-Parent information night. There is no need to sign-up prior to testing. Testing will be on a first come basis and there will be multiple testing session, all athletes will be tested.
For more information on the Sport Concussion Program, please visit www.sportconcussion.com. You may also contact me: Jamie Waterman (MCHS, Certified Athletic Trainer) for specific questions regarding the MCHS program.
Jamie Waterman, ATC, Marin Catholic High School
Eric J. Freitag, Psy.D, Executive Director, Mt. Diablo Memory Center