School districts are now required to pay closer attention to how they help athletes and their parents deal with concussions. The Concussion Management and Awareness Act, a state law that went into effect on July 1, requires districts to have a policy in place on how to deal with the head injuries.
The law also requires all coaches, physical education teachers, nurses and certified trainers to complete a course approved by the state education department on concussion management every two years.
Any athlete believed to have suffered a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury, must be taken out of the game immediately. They are sidelined for the rest of the game and not allowed to practice or play until symptom-free for 24 hours.
A licensed physician then must give written approval before the athlete can practice or play again.
If you have any questions regarding this new law, please contact Athletic Director Mike Demagistris at 775-5710 ext. 1067.
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