Community High School District 117 has developed a concussion protocol for students, staff, and parents, supported by current research and evidence-based practice, on the care of concussions and management of the post-concussion recovery period. This protocol is divided into 4 general stages of recovery. Although each concussion injury presents with its own unique symptoms, these stages represent average concussion recovery phases and interventions. We recognize that not every student with a concussion will follow the stages of recovery and healing as presented. This protocol will serve as a guide to support the student in the academic and athletic setting at District 117 schools during his/her individual recovery.
A student’s best chance of full recovery from a concussion involves two critical components: cognitive and physical rest. Continued research has shown cognitive rest to be essential in the quick resolution of concussion symptoms. Cognitive stimulation includes: driving, playing video games, computer use, text messaging, cell phone use, loud and/or bright environments, watching television, reading, and studying. These stimuli must be limited, and in most cases, completely avoided for a brief period of time during recovery. Physical activity such as physical education, athletics, strength or cardiovascular conditioning, and fine arts practices/performances must be completely avoided or regulated while recovering from a concussion.
It is recommended that this protocol is shared with the student’s primary care physician (MD/DO licensed to practice medicine in all its branches) during the initial visit.
1. Complete Rest
2. Return to School
3. Full Day of School Attendance
4. Full Academic and Athletic Participation
Return to Learn: Process to return to full cognitive/academic activities.
Return to Play: Process to return to full sports participation.
For additional questions - please contact the student’s school counselor, the school nurse, or the athletic trainer.
Serena Ray, school nurse: 847-838-7117
Mike Gedville & Jacqueline Bair, athletic trainers: 847-838-7121