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Concussion Management

Newport Harbor High School places student safety as our number one priority.  In the unfortunate situation when a student suffers a concussion we immediately implement our Return to Learn Protocol in the classroom and our Return to Play Protocol if a student is involved in our athletic programs.  We all need to be vigilant in our communication with one another.  We cannot implement our protocol if we do not know a concussion has occurred.  Parents  need to communicate with their students counselor immediately and we strongly suggest meeting with a doctor.  A doctor’s note is helpful in guiding us in accommodating your student’s needs.  The counselor will then inform your students teachers and begin to monitor your student’s progress as established by our Return to Learn Protocol.  If you have a student/athlete and the injury is not identified by the trainer/coach/athletic director please follow the same protocol as a non-athlete.   Teachers will work with your student and make accommodations based upon his/her progress.  If symptoms have a prolonged effect on your students classroom performance a student study team may be necessary.


Preventative measures taken by Newport Harbor High School Athletic Program:

  • Parent Notification in Registration Packet: Heads- Up Concussion
  • Required Baseline Testing for Student/Athletes ( All Freshman/ Juniors and new student transfers ).
  • Every two Years:  Coaches have Concussion Training ((AB1451)-District run on-line


The two documents below are to assist the concussed student to “return to the classroom and learning environment” in a scientific manner regarding brain activity.


Medical science and concussion care experts have found that a concussed athlete must take a gradual and progressive, stage by stage, step by step return to practice under medical supervision to minimize risks and allow the brain to properly recover. 

A.B. 2127 and CIF Bylaws mandated a MINIMUM timeline, but medical experts recognize that many adolescent concussion patients may take much longer to recover.  Always be cautious as returning to practice and play too quickly may have catastrophic consequences. 

  • NEW - CIF Concussion Return to Play (RTP) Protocol Form
    This form is recommended for use by the CIF Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC)
    The CIF Concussion Return to Play Protocol Form is recommended for use by all parties involved with returning a student-athlete to play.

Below is the CIF Website. Find the tab Medicine , then click on concussion for more valuable information regarding concussions.