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Concordia Takes On Concussions
Brandon Fisher

Have you ever wondered how Concordia manages the serious issue of concussions? Read this article to learn more!

In recent years, there has been a significant amount of research performed concerning sports-related concussions in high school student-athletes. Concordia Shanghai is committed to the health and safety of our student-athletes and provides the ImPACT test for our student-athletes. ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is a research-based software tool utilized to evaluate recovery after a concussion is suspected. ImPACT is currently being utilized by many professional, collegiate, and high school sports programs throughout the world.
 
Given the inherent complexities of concussion management, it is important to manage concussions on an individualized basis and to implement baseline testing and/or post-injury neurocognitive testing whenever possible. Neurocognitive assessment can help to objectively evaluate the concussed athlete's post-injury condition and track recovery for safe return to play, thus preventing the cumulative effects of concussion. In fact, neurocognitive testing has been called the "cornerstone" of proper concussion management by an international panel of sports medicine experts.
 
The exam is used to properly diagnose and manage concussions. Our athletic trainer, Dr. Rizzo is certified to administer and evaluate the test results through ImPACT. The test is a non-invasive computerized exam which is set up in a video game format. The test takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete. It tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. Essentially the ImPACT test is a preseason physical of the brain, it is not an IQ test.
 
Concordia student-athletes will take a baseline exam at the start of their season. If a concussion is suspected, the student-athlete will be required to re-take the test. Both the baseline test and the post injury test data will be evaluated by Dr. Rizzo. Through this process it will be determined when return to play is appropriate and safe for the injured student-athlete.
 
If your student-athlete should sustain an injury of this nature you will be promptly notified. Concordia is continually striving to keep your student-athlete’s health and safety at the forefront of the athletic experience. We are excited to use the ImPACT program as it provides us with the best available means of managing concussions.
 
 
High School and Middle School Athletics Updates
Brandon Fisher

Take a look at our most up-to-date information on High School and Middle School athletic programs.

Season 1 registrations for both High School and Middle School are now closed. Middle School families should continue to watch their emails as students who did not receive their first choices have the opportunity to still join a CCA with remaining availability. High School registrations for Season 2 will resume next week.

Concordia teams are not able to compete against other schools at this time. It is our hope that competitions will resume in the near future. All teams will continue to prepare so that when the opportunity comes, our teams are ready for any challenge.

Middle School Athletics Information and Update
Bo Hardegree

Learn more about our Middle School Athletic program for the coming semester.

Concordia’s Middle School Athletic program focuses on both development and fun.

We are a member of the CISSA conference, which organizes leagues and end-of-season events. CISSA organizes leagues for soccer, volleyball, and basketball. We do our best to schedule other regular season competitions if available.

A Cross-River Event (CRE), is held at the conclusion of all seasons, including teams in Grades 5&6. Students are expected and encouraged to participate in the Cross-River Event.

Semester 1 Sports include: Soccer, Cross Country, and Table Tennis. Parents can register their children by going to: SchoolsBuddy.Concordiashanghai.org

COVID-19 Update: CISSA is still determining what leagues and CREs can be held in Fall 2020. Information will be provided to families when it is available. Teams will continue to practice if the CRE's and league competitions cannot be played.

Team Selection Process: If the number of student registrations exceeds program capacity, different mechanisms will be used to determine how rosters are determined.

  • A random lottery will be used for all Grades 5&6 athletic programs.
  • A random lottery will also be used for non-league Grades 7&8 athletic programs.

League programs include soccer, volleyball, and basketball. Non-league programs include Cross Country, Table Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis, and Softball.

If you have any questions about Sports CCAs, please email Turner Neal, Director of Athletics at turner.neal@concordiashanghai.org

High School - Season 1 Update
Bo Hardegree

We have several new updates to share including schedules, conference updates, and more.

I’m excited to share more information about our upcoming season including our planned schedule for October, a coaches list, as well as some new procedures for students to follow next week. I’ve also included the bus sign-up link below.  

SISAC Update 

The SISAC Athletic Directors met this past week to discuss the upcoming season. Although teams cannot currently compete, the ADs are still hopeful that competitions could resume during Season 1 and are discussing different options. We will provide an update if that changes.

Practice Schedule 

Below are the individual team practice schedules, as well as a combined Season 1 schedule. If and when competitions are scheduled, we will add them to our schedules and re-distribute them.  

Students will only practice two times per week until 5:00pm for the first two weeks of the season. Teams will alternate between a Monday/Thursday schedule and a Tuesday/Friday schedule. We are hoping to hold our first combined practice on Monday, September 28.  We will not practice on Tuesday, September 29 leading into October holidays. Following the holidays, we plan to revert back to a more traditional High School practice schedule with teams practice four times per week until 5:30pm.  

Combined Season 1 Practice Schedule

Girls Cross Country Practice Schedule
Boys Cross Country Practice Schedule

Girls Tennis Practice Schedule
Boys Tennis Practice Schedule

Girls Volleyball Practice Schedule
Boys Volleyball Practice Schedule

Baseball Practice Schedule

Practice Locations 

All three of our outdoor Season 1 sports (Baseball, Cross Country, Tennis) have traditionally practice offsite at least once per week. For the present time, all teams will need to stay on campus. We hope to be able to utilize those offsite locations again in the future. 

Bus Requests 

A late bus is not available next week, September 14-18. A bus may be available for the week of September 21-25. If you are interested in riding the late bus after practice, please complete transportation survey. More options will be available in October when additional after school activities resume.  

Student Expectations 

In order to ensure our programs are safe, we have implemented several new procedures for our after school programs. As facility disinfection procedures or other regulations change, these expectations may be adjusted. 

Students must transition directly from their last block of the day to the locker room or assigned team meeting location. 

Teams will take attendance each day. If students are going to miss practice, it is important to contact your coach and Mr. Neal (turner.neal@concordiashanghai.org)  to let us know. Unexcused absences can result in the student being removed from the team.  

All participants must be rostered prior to participation. No walk-ups will be allowed to participate.  

Following practice, coaches will walk students to busses or off-campus. Students may re-enter the locker room, but may not go back into other areas of the building.  

Students should wash their hands before and after each practice.  

Coaches 

Concordia teachers and staff have begun to return to Concordia over the past two weeks and that will accelerate into next week. In order to offer programs in September, we added several staff members in Shanghai as substitute coaches. Thank you to those people who were willing to help out! I’ve CCed the email address of all Concordia coaches below.  

Sport 

Staff Member 

HS Baseball 

Sean Dwyer 

Steven Sqourdos

Kenny Tyler 

Adam Herron

HS Cross Country 

Chris Mizel 

Michelle Froese

Daniel Speed 

 

HS Tennis 

Gabriel Olmeda 

Hannah Neal

Bryce Rickett 

Nicholas Sagrera

HS Boys Volleyball 

Kathy Gordon 

Sarah Klein

Brad Newell 

 

HS Girls Volleyball 

Marissa Hauser 

Aly Kelley

Brandon Fraseur 

Wade Turner

Michele Turner 

 

 

Please reach out directly to me or your coach if you have any questions about your individual situation.

NFHS Resources for Parents and Students
Bo Hardegree

Are you interested in knowing more about education-based athletics? Are you a student interested in becoming a captain in the future? Click here to learn more!

The National Federation of High School Leagues is the organizing body for High School athletics and activities in the United States. They've also developed some great resources for Administrators, Coaches, Parents, and Students!

These include great online courses on subjucts like how to be a Captain, NCAA eligibility, how to be a postivie parent on the sidelines, and much more! https://nfhslearn.com/courses

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Concordia by the Numbers

Concordia athletics had 412 participants during the 2015-16 school year across the fall, winter and spring seasons.

Across the three seasons, 30 teams represent Concordia in 11 sports.

As Concordia's sports programs progress more student athletes have the opportunity to pursue their athletic passions at the collegiate level.

Since joining the APAC conference in 2008 Concordia has won 10 APAC championships.

Concordia athletes have won 55 SISAC titles since the beginning of the athletic program in 2002.



All varsity teams compete in the APAC conference, which embodies 12 international schools from five different countries.