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Monday, April 17th, 2017

When did this law go into effect?

October 1, 2016

 

Who does this law apply to?

The State Department of Education, public schools, coaches, youth sports organizations, school personnel, student athletes, parents and guardians of student athletes, volunteer health care providers, and licensed health care providers.

 

Removal from Play:

A student athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or other head injury in a game or practice must be removed from play at that time.

 

Return to Play:

A student athlete who has been removed from play may not return to play until they have received written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.

 

Educational Materials & Acknowledgements:

Before participating in athletic activities, the county board must provide a concussion and head injury information sheet to student athletes and their parents or guardians. Students and parents must sign a statement acknowledging the receipt of the information sheet.

Additionally, the Department of Education is required to develop policies and implement a program providing awareness to student athletes, their parents or guardians, coaches and school personnel. These policies must address the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries, criteria for removal from play and return to play, the risks of not reporting an injury and continuing to play, and appropriate academic accommodations for students diagnosed with concussions, as well as a process to verify that coaches have received this information.

 

Liability:

Youth Sports Programs - Any youth sports programs using or intending to use a public school facility must annually provide their county board with a statement of compliance with the requirements for management of concussions or other head injuries suffered by student athletes.

 

Resources:

Maryland Department of Education Policy on Concussions

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For Your Brain The Best Minds