Coaches Education (Free Concussion Managment Course)
North Dakota Senate Bill No. 2281 requires that each official, coach, and athletic trainer receive biennial training regarding the nature and risk of concussion.
All Bismarck Public School District coaches are required to complete the free Concussion in Sport - What You Need to Know course on the National Federation of State High School Activities website if they DID NOT complete the course during the 2013-2014 school year.
Click HERE for step by step directions (pdf) on how to register and complete the free NFHS Learn Concussion In Sports course.
Click HERE to complete the free NFHS Learn Concussion in Sports course.
This video is part of a free course offered by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NFHS and CDC have teamed up to provide information and resources to help educate coaches, officials, parents and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports.
COACHES: Once the Concussion in Sport course is completed, please email a copy of your certificate of completion to Blaine Steiner, Bismarck Public Schools Certified Athletic Trainer. A certificate from each individual coach is required, this MAY NOT be done as a group activity and one certificate submitted for the group as proof of completion.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.
Health care professionals may describe a concussion as a "mild" brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious.
Bismarck Public Schools Concussion Management Policy
The North Dakota High School Activities Association approved a Concussion Management Procedure at the September 14, 2010 NDHSAA Board of Director's meeting. In response to North Dakota legislation passed in 2011, the NDHSAA Board of Directors approved a revised procedure on August 11, 2011. CLICK HERE to view NDHSAA Concussion Management Policy.
For the purpose of clarifying this management procedure for the Bismarck Public Schools:
An agreement is in place by and between Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and the Bismarck Public Schools to provide athletic training services to student-athletes of the Bismarck Public Schools.
All concussions should be reported to a member of the sports medicine staff.
The sports medicine staff will follow the North Dakota High School Activity Association's Concussion Management Procedure. The procedure states "An athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the contest and shall not return to play [that day] until cleared by an appropriate health care professional (AHCP)."
The staff at Sanford Sports Medicine will be considered the Appropriate Health Care Professional (AHCP) for all student-athletes of the Bismarck Public Schools. AHCP is defined as a medical professional functioning within the levels of their medical education, medical training, and medical licensure.
If an AHCP is not on hand, the athlete cannot re-enter the contest. A coach or a spectator with medical background does not qualify as an AHCP for Bismarck Public Schools.
The sports medicine staff will also utilize the Sanford Sports Medicine Concussion Policy for management of sports related concussion for all Sanford Sports Medicine athletic training associates. Management includes the use of the SCAT3 (Sports Concussion Assessment Tool 3) and ImPACT testing as well as established return to play progression protocol.
All BPS athletic teams will follow the BPS Concussion Management Protocol (which is that a student-athlete must be cleared by the BPS appropriate health care professional (AHCP) and must go through the proper return to play steps). If a student-athlete that participates on a BPS sponsored athletic team (co-op) attends a school that has their own concussion management protocol, the BPS protocol is the one that will be followed.
As stated in the management procedure - In the event a Transfer of Care form has not been previously filed, the Bismarck Public Schools designated AHCP shall not have their decision regarding an athlete's ability to return to competition overruled by any other AHCP.
If you have questions, contact Jim Haussler, Activities Director, Bismarck Public Schools, 701-323-4079, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ImPACT Concussion test
ImPACT Concussion Test (pdf document)
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Read this handout to find out information about how the ImPACT Test can benefit your student-athlete.
Beginning 2011-2012, the Bismarck Public Schools District will require all student-athletes grades 9-12 participating in athletics to take an ImPACT Baseline Test prior to the start of their season. Testing times will be arranged and supervised by a Certified Athletic Trainer. If a student is a multi-sport athlete, the student will only be required to take the baseline exam once.
For the 2013-2014 school year, ImPACT Baseline Testing will only be required for those student-athletes that fall into one of the following categories:
1. All 7th grade FB players
2. ALL freshman
3. ALL juniors
4. Any student-athlete new to the BPS district
5. Those students that missed testing the previous year (i.e. someone who plays 10th grade FB but did not play 9th grade FB)
6. Any 7th or 8th grader that will be up practicing or completing with the varsity and/or junior varsity programs.
ImPACT takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. The program measures multiple aspects of cognitive functioning in athletes, including: Attention span, Working memory, Sustained and selective attention time, Response variability, Non-verbal problem solving, and Reaction time.
Click Here to learn more about ImPACT.
The following forms provide important information in the event a student-athlete has sustained a head, chest or abdominal injury.
Concussions: Parent Fact Sheet
Parent Fact Sheet on Concussions (pdf document)
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Heads Up Concussion in High Schools Sports. A fact sheet for parents. All parents of Bismarck Public School's student-athletes are required to read this document prior to the start of their son/daughter's athletic season.
Concussions: Athlete Fact Sheet
Concussions: Athlete Fact Sheet (pdf document)
File Size: 53.21 kb
Heads Up Concussion in High School Sports - A fact sheet for athletes. All Bismarck Public School's student-athletes are required to read this document prior to the start of their athletic season.
Head Injury Guidelines
Sports Medicine Head Injury Guidelines (pdf document)
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Head Injury Information
Sanford Sports Medicine Concussion Policy
Sports Medicine Concussion Policy (pdf document)
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Management of sports related concussion for all Sanford Athletic Training employees.
NDHSAA Concussion Management
Click Here for North Dakota High School Activities Association Concussion Manangement Policy.