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Informed Consent about Concussions or Head InjuriesEffective July 1, 2012, Florida Statute 943.0438 requires the parent or guardian and the youth who is participating in athletic competition or who is a candidate for an athletic team to sign and return an informed consent that explains the nature and risk of concussion and head injury (including the risk of continuing to play after a concussion or head injury) each year before participating in athletic competitionor engaging in any practice, tryout, workout, or other physical activity associated with the youth’s candidacy for an athletic team.The facts:A concussion is a brain injuryAll concussions are seriousConcussions can occur without loss of consciousnessConcussions can occur in any sportRecognition and proper management of concussion when they first occur can help prevent furtherinjury or even deathWhat is a concussion? A concussion is an injury that changes how the cells in the brain normally work. A concussion is caused by a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull.
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