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Head Strong Guidance for Implementing the Massachusetts Regulations on Head Injuries and Concussions in School Athletics JANUARY 2012 Developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health January 2012 1
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Table of Contents Acknowledgements: Page 4 Foreword by Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Page 5 Sample Introductions to School Policies on Head Injuries and Concussions in Extracurricular Athletic Activities: Page 7 Required Policy Components: Section 1: Persons Responsible for Implementation of School Policy and Procedures: Page 9 Section 2: Annual Training Requirement: Page 10 Section 3: Documentation of Physical Examination: Page 14 Section 4: Pre-participation Head Injury Reporting Forms, Submission and Review: Page 16 Section 5: Medical/Nursing Review of Pre-participation Forms: Page 19 Section 6: Medical/Nursing Review of Reports of Head Injury During the Season: Page 20 Section 7: Procedure for Reporting Head Injuries to School Nurse and/or Certified Athletic Trainer: Page 23 Section 8: Removing Athletes from Play and Medical Evaluation: Page 25 Section 9: Medical Clearance for Return to Play: Page 29 Section 10: Development and Implementation of Post-Concussion Graduated Re-entry Plans: Page 34 Section 11: Providing Information, Forms and Materials to Parents and Athletes 11a) Annual Training Requirement: Page 42 11b) Notifying parents when an athlete has been removed from play for a suspected concussion: Page 43 11c) Obtaining medical clearance for return to play and academics after a diagnosed concussion: Page 44 11d) Completion of the Pre-participation Form: Page 45 11e) Completion of Report of a Head Injury Form: Page 46 Section 12: Inclusion of Sports-Related Head Injury Policy in the Student and Parent Handbook: Page 47 Section 13: Communicating with Parents with Limited English Proficiency: Page 50 2
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Section 14: Outreach to Parents for Forms and Training Completion: Page 51 Section 15: Sharing Concussion-Related Health Information: Page 52 Section 16: Requirements for Coaches, Athletic Trainers, Trainers and Volunteers 16a) Teaching Strategies that Minimize Sports-Related Head Injury: Page 54 16b) Prohibiting Dangerous Play: Page 55 Section 17: Penalties: Page 56 Additional Resources: Page 57 3
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Acknowledgements The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) would like to acknowledge the work of a number of individuals for their participation in preparing this document. These model school policies were developed through the combined efforts of the following MDPH staff who have contributed significant time and expertise: Lauren Smith, MD, MPH, Medical Director Cheryl Bartlett, RN, Director of Bureau of Community Health and Prevention Carlene Pavlos, Director of Division of Violence and Injury Prevention Anne Sheetz, RN, MPH, CNAA, Director of School Health Services Linda Brown, Division of Violence and Injury Prevention Tom Comerford, School Health Services Renee Aird, BSN, MS, Director of School-based Health Center Programs Peggy A. Wiesenberg, Esq., Deputy General Counsel
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