The St. Francis Department of Athletics provides a part-time Athletic Trainer, Mrs. Nicole Sutherland, for its home games and away football games. Mrs. Sutherland is available for on-site injuries and incidents as well as follow-up appointments, rehabilitation, and preventative care.
The Athletic Trainer is also responsible for the screening of all St. Francis student-athletes in the ImPact Concussion Monitoring Program. Management of sports-related concussion is evolving rapidly. Recently, there has been a significant amount of research regarding sports-related concussion and its impact on student-athletes. St. Francis participates in the ImPact Concussion Monitoring Program by requiring all student-athletes take a baseline concussion test once in their high school career. This testing is a free service to our student-athletes.
If a student-athlete suffers a head injury or a head injury is suspected, the student-athlete retakes the concussion test, and the Athletic Trainer works with head injury specialists to read the results. St. Francis and its staff seek to provide a safe return to participation for all student-athletes after injury, including concussion. In order to effectively manage these injuries, these protocols have been developed to identify, treat, refer, and return safely to play those student-athletes who have been identified as having a concussion.
More information about ImPact can be found by visiting their website at: www.impacttest.com
Student-athletes must fill out Concussion Monitoring Program Consent Form (attached below), and bring to the Computer Lab, where the Director of IT will guide student-athletes through the process.