Head Injury Proactive Plan
Given the nationwide concern about concussions, San Antonio Academy's Board of Trustees has taken a proactive stance in dealing with potential head injuries, with a focus on concussions.
In spite of careful supervision, head injuries can occur during recess, PE class and during participation in both non-contact and contact sports.
While SAA has a low incidence of concussions, head injuries occur in the most unlikely ways, as when two boys were running in opposite directions around a building and collided as they turned the corner at the same time.
Accordingly, in order to safeguard our boys and on the advice of athletic and medical experts, San Antonio Academy has created a three-year plan to ensure that our school has the most reliable protocols for dealing with head injuries--specifically concussions.
- In 2018-2019, all 3rd-8th graders will be required to take an annual Baseline Cognitive Screening Test on Back-to-School Day on August 17, and to follow the protocols and procedures outlined for the 2017-2018 school year. For more info and to sign up go here.
- A lot of research and discussion have gone into the creation of this policy. Please feel free to discuss any questions you may have with Mike Heineman, Frank Stanage, trustee Dr. Sergio Alvarado.
- Our goal is to set in place a carefully-thought-out system to protect our boys in the event they suffer a head injury. Our number one priority is always our boys' safety.
2017-2018 - COMPLETED
- In 2017-2018, all 5th-8th grade students will be required to take an annual Baseline Cognitive Screening Test to establish a cognitive baseline that will be used to help determine whether a subsequent head injury has resulted in a concussion.
- All 5th-8th grade students will be required to follow the protocols and procedures outlined for the 2016-2017 school year.
2016-2017 - COMPLETED
Next year all 5th-8th graders who participate in SAA sports will be expected to participate in testing to establish a cognitive baseline that can be used to determine if a boy has sustained a concussion.
Read SA-Express News Article, "Check your head: A new summertime ritual"