How wonderful to see so many parents at the BIG EVENT we had at the Tanner home on Sunday. I hope everyone learned a few things about ski racing, met multiple parents, and found yourselves energized to help your athlete get the most out of the season. Thank you to Doug and Lisa Tanner for generously hosting way over a hundred people in their home. Thank you to the coaches and parents who led workshops and helped get things organized. And a BIG THANK YOU to Kelly Bent who assumed the de facto chair of this gathering. Finally, thank you to all the parents who attended. I know how busy everyone is these days and hopefully you found your time with MAST to be time well spent.
ImPACT Concussion Baseline Testing
Background: As you have heard me say, ski racing is a contact sport. Skiers fall and there is always the risk that when this happens an athlete can suffer a concussion. The big risk to long term health is not a single concussive event but multiple ones. Scientists and physicians have learned a great deal in the last fifteen years about concussions. Perhaps the two most important things they have learned are 1) that we need to take them very seriously and that 2) once concussed, it is very difficult to know when the brain has healed enough to resume activity without running the risk of doing long term damage to the brain should a second concussive event occur. One imperfect tool physicians have to determine when an athlete can return to play is an ImPACT Concussion Baseline Test. The test is done on a computer and is designed to measure a person’s cognitive functions when the brain is known to be healthy. It takes about an hour to administer from start to finish. Should an athlete suffer a concussion, a physician MAY ask the athlete to re-take the baseline test in order to measure whether ALL cognitive functions have returned to baseline. The test is re-taken when ALL the symptoms of a concussion have resolved. It is one tool that a physician might use to determine whether an athlete’s brain is healed. Even then, athletes follow a five-day return-to-play protocol before they are allowed to fully participate in the sport.
Our high school athletic trainers are offering baseline concussion testing to MAST athletes.
Here are the details.
Who Should Take Test Baseline Test?
ALL New MAST Athletes who have not taken the test for another sport in the last year.
ALL Returning MAST Athletes who took the test in 2015 (two years ago).
If you took the test last year, you will need to re-take the test in the Fall of 2018.
Where: Southwest High School. Room: TBD.
When: Tuesday, November 7.
Where: Washburn High School. Room: Cafeteria (Enter Door 5).
When: Tuesday, November 7.
Please arrive BEFORE the session start time. The validity of the test is compromised when there are disruptions to accommodate late arrivals.
Roosevelt and South athletes are WELCOME to take the test at either Southwest or Washburn. You can also check with the Athletic Trainers at your schools to see when the test is offered there. Middle school students should plan to take the test at 4:30 unless your school is an early release school like Barton.
Everyone needs to have a baseline test on record. The test results are stored with TRIA and your school’s athletic trainer will be able to help your physician access those test results should you need to do so in the future. Let’s hope you don’t.
If you absolutely cannot take the test on November 7, testing will be held at Washburn at 3:30PM in the cafeteria on Nov 8, 9, 14 and 16. Note that you will be mixed in with athletes from another sport.
Have You Submitted The MPS/MSHSL FORMS TO YOUR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR?
If not, get them in BEFORE break. I’m sure the Athletic Directors will be using break to CLEAR athletes to participate. They literally have thousands of pages of paperwork to process. If you wait until NEXT week to submit the forms, you run the risk of not getting cleared in time to participate.
Warning To Returning Athletes: If you are not cleared by the first day of dryland (Tuesday, November 14), you will not be considered for entry to the Wild Mt Invite.
Please click HERE to download and print the forms and to read detailed instructions for completing the forms.
Parents: be sure to read through these carefully and make sure you and your athlete have initialed and signed every form thoroughly. If you have questions, please talk with your athletic director or give Mark Conway a call at 612-275-8392.
Reminder: If you played a Fall sport, you only need to complete and submit a new Athletic Emergency Card. Submit all forms to your high school athletic director.
Banquet Date Change
For those of you who took note of the MAST Banquet date in our early season meetings: the date has changed. THE BANQUET IS NOW SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 18 AT 4PM AT ST. STEPHEN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH IN BLOOMINGTON.
Have a wonderful break. Be sure you are exercising daily. You will be glad you did once dryland begins. And take a good look at the website. It is up to date. Pictures from the State Fair Barn Cleaning are posted.