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An Educator’s Guide to Concussions in the Classroom
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Understanding Concussion Testing
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Finding the right medical care is essential. Use this link to find a medical provider in your area who is current on concussion management practices.
In 2016, the Idaho Legislature updated Section 33-1625, the Youth Sports
Concussion Statute. The intent of the law is to help protect
young athletes with concussion and also to help schools and sport
programs limit liability on the basis of negligence should a significant
concussive injury occur. While youth sport programs outside of
public middle, junior and high schools are not required to comply with
this law, liability protections afforded by the law will be extended to
those who comply.
According to Section 33-1625 of Idaho Code, the Idaho State Board of
Education and the Idaho High School Activities Association are required
to provide access to appropriate concussion identification and
management guidelines to all member schools that administer or
promote organized athletic leagues (which includes club sport programs
and intramural programs) and sport programs. Those guidelines must
be consistent with the current standards of the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. Further, each school that sponsors
such athletic and/or sport activities must provide athletes and their
parents with a copy of those guidelines prior to any athlete being
allowed to participate in any organized practice or game. Idaho’s law
states that schools must obtain written consent from the youth
athlete’s parent or guardian on an annual basis attesting to the fact that
the youth athlete’s parent or guardian has received a copy of the
guidelines, acknowledge the inherent risk, and authorizes the youth
athlete to participate in the athletic activity. An example of such
an acknowledgment form is included in this guidebook. Coaches,
officials and athletic trainers are also required to review such
guidelines upon employment and every two years thereafter.
If during any practice or game situation, an athlete sustains
a concussion or exhibits the signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent
with the injury, he/she must be immediately removed from all
athletic participation. That athlete may only return to physical activity
if/when he/she receives a written clearance from an appropriate
health care provider who is specially trained in the evaluation and
management of sports related concussion. This can include a
physician, a physician assistant, an advanced practice nurse, or a
licensed health care professional trained in the evaluation and
management of concussions who is supervised by a directing
Students who have sustained a concussion and return
to school may need informal or formal accommodations,
modifications of curriculum, and monitoring by a medical or academic
staff until the student is fully recovered. A student athlete should be able
to resume all normally scheduled academic activities without restrictions
or the need for accommodation prior to receiving authorization to return
to play by a qualified health care professional.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Resources for Coaches, Athletes & Parents. Legislation passed in 2012 in Idaho requires all public middle and high schools that sponsor sports programs to adhere to current CDC concussion management guidelines. The CDC’s Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports website offers free information. Schools and sports programs can also order materials from the CDC at no charge.
Coaches’ Education Program
Sports-related concussion in youth and high school sports can be serious or even life threatening situations if not managed correctly. In this course you will understand the impact sports-related concussion can have on your players, how to recognize a suspected concussion, the proper protocols to manage a suspected concussion, and steps to help your player return to play safely after experiencing a concussion.