An independent day school for grades 6-12
Our top priority is the student-athletes’ safe return to sports or activity.
The Sport Medicine department is responsible for injury prevention, evaluation, treatment, and management of athletic injuries. The Sports Medicine team strives to be a leader in the field and works to establish itself as a model of excellence. The goal of the Sports Medicine program is two-fold. First, we encourage every student-athlete to commit to a preseason Strength and Conditioning program to prepare them for the physical rigors of their chosen sport, while helping to reduce the potential for injury. Second, if the student-athlete sustains an injury, our goal is to expedite the injured student’s rehabilitation and return to sport as efficiently as possible. The priority is the student’s safe return to sport or activity.

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Concussion Management Program

The Sports Medicine department at Crystal Springs Upper School believes that the health and safety of the student is of paramount importance. We strive to stay informed through current research and best practices related to the understanding of concussions. The CSUS concussion management program was implemented to ensure that our student-athletes return to academics safely, then athletic competition and/or extra-curricular activities.

Read this FAQ to find out more about our Concussion Management Program.

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  • What is a concussion?

    Every four years, leading medical experts from around the world gather to determine the management, best practices, and guidelines for sport-related concussions. In 2016, the 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport proposed the following definition for concussion:
    “Sport related concussion (SRC) is a traumatic brain injury induced by biomechanical forces. Several common features that may be utilized in clinically defining the nature of a concussive head injury include:
    • SRC may be caused either by a direct blow to the head, face, neck or elsewhere on the body with an impulsive force transmitted to the head.
    • SRC typically results in the rapid onset of short-lived impairment of neurological function that resolves spontaneously. However, in some cases, signs and symptoms evolve over a number of minutes to hours.
    • SRC may result in neuropathological changes, but the acute clinical signs and symptoms largely reflect a functional disturbance rather than a structural injury and, as such, no abnormality is seen on standard structural neuroimaging studies.
    • SRC results in a range of clinical signs and symptoms that may or may not involve loss of consciousness. Resolution of the clinical and cognitive features typically follows a sequential course. However, in some cases symptoms may be prolonged.”¹


    1. McCrory P, Meeuwisse W, Dvorak J, et al Consensus statement on concussion in sport—the 5thinternational conference on concussion in sport held in Berlin, October 2016. Br J Sports Med Published Online First: 26 April 2017. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2017-097699


  • Does CSUS perform any baseline preseason testing?

    We perform baseline neurocognitive tests (ImPACT) on all 9th and 11th grade students. ImPACT developers recommend schools conduct the assessment every other year due to the growth and development of the adolescent brain. To learn more about the ImPACT test, please visit the ImPACT test website.

  • What education is required of student-athletes?

    During the neurocognitive testing (ImPACT), all students are educated and counseled on the signs and symptoms of a concussion. Also, Patti provides an informative concussion presentation to the entire student body during the Rules Assembly.
  • What education is required of Coaches?

    In the fall of every school year, all CSUS coaches receive concussion training. All coaches are required to take the NFHS coaches concussion course. This course highlights the impact of sports-related concussion on athletes, teaches how to recognize a suspected concussion, and provides protocols to manage a suspected concussion with steps to help players. If a student sustains any type of head injury, coaches, teachers, staff, or administrators are required to contact the Director of Sports Medicine (Patti) immediately.

Safe Sports School

We are proud to announce that the National Athletic Trainers Association has awarded CSUS the Safe Sports School Award. This award is given to secondary schools with athletic health care facilities that are in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations to ensure that quality healthcare services are delivered.

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Middle School
10 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
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Upper School
400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010
(650) 342-4175