Safety for the student-athletes at Montverde Academy is a top priority. With that in mind, we will be doing a mandatory baseline concussion screening for all student-athletes at the beginning of the school year. All student-athletes, including those students who are considering trying out for a team, will be screened. Participating in the screening does not mean they have to play; however, those without the baseline screening WILL NOT be allowed to play.
We will host a weekend session on September 8-9, during which all of our student-athletes will be evaluated to provide a baseline profile for each player. This baseline provides our staff with a solid starting point to accurately assess a student-athlete who suspects or has confirmed that he/she has sustained a concussion. We know that each individual recovers from a concussion differently and want to ensure a full recovery has been achieved before sending a player back into a game. Having a baseline to refer to is important in this determination.
During the session, students will also learn about concussion, sudden cardiac arrest and heat issues that can occur while playing sports. Students will watch a series of videos to make them aware of symptoms that signal larger issues to encourage them to be aware of how they feel when training and competing in athletics. They know themselves best, and having information about potential consequences will help them self-evaluate to avoid experiencing health issues.
Any student-athlete unable to attend the weekend session needs to inform their coach in advance. They will participate in a makeup day at a later date to be determined. Please contact Khrystal Phiri, Athletic Director, or Jake Rodriguez, Assistant Athletic Director, for more information.