Important Concussion Information

In June of 2010 the legislature of Massachusetts adopted into law Bill S.2469: "An Act relating to safety regulations for school athletic programs". The task of setting regulations for this law fell to the DPH and the result was 105 CMR 201.000, a stringent program for head injury management, specifically concussions.
Concussions and other brain related trauma can be serious and potentially life threatening. However, if managed properly, most athletes can enjoy participation in sports after sustaining a concussion. Ashland Public Schools has developed procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of all student athletes. It is the responsibility of athletes and families to familiarize themselves with the APS district policy (SF, 3.6) regarding concussion management, specifically “return to play.” The full concussion management and medical protocols are available from the athletic training staff.

The following represents a menu of FREE and credible materials/resources for parents, student athletes, and coaches:

National Federation (NFHS) - free course Concussions in Sports (First time users will need to create an account)

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Parents Fact Sheet

Athletes Fact Sheet

Coaches Fact Sheet

ImPACT Testing

A critical component of head injury management is student participation in ImPACT Testing (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). This program is a software tool designed to help our athletic trainer, school nurse, and physicians evaluate and treat head injuries. This computerized exam is given to athletes before beginning contact sport practice or competition. This non-invasive test takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. If a concussion is suspected, the athlete will be required to re-take the test. The test data will help health professionals to determine when return-to-play is appropriate. While ImPACT testing is not mandatory, it is highly recommended that all student-athletes participate. ImPACT testing is now part of the Introduction to Wellness curriculum (grade 9).

When performing ImPACT testing, take the test in a quiet room with no distractions. Make sure to close all tabs on the computer. 

Click here to launch the ImPACT Testing Application
  • Select organization: Massachusetts
  • Click launch baseline test
  • Enter Customer Code: HEN9WCS2PP

Your test will be saved automatically, but it is recommended that you print out a copy upon completion.

ImPACT Testing Application

  • Select organization: Massachusetts
  • Click launch baseline test
  • Enter Customer Code: HEN9WCS2PP

Concussion Awareness