7:305 - Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

Policy 7:305

STUDENTS

Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

Coaches, student athletes and their parents/guardians will be provided with educational materials from the Illinois High School Association regarding the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries, including the risks inherent in continuing to play after a concussion or head injury.

Student athletes and their parents/guardians will be informed about this policy in the Agreement to Participate or other written instrument that a student athlete and his or her parent/guardian must sign before the student is allowed to participate in a practice or interscholastic competition.

Staff members will be required to notify the parent/guardian of a student who exhibits symptoms consistent with that of a concussion.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a program to manage concussions and head injuries suffered by student athletes. The program shall comply with the concussion protocols, policies, and by-laws of the Illinois High School Association, including its Protocol for NFHS Concussion Playing Rules and its Return to Play Policy.

  1. A student athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion in a practice or game shall be removed from participation or competition at that time.
  2. A student athlete who has been removed from an interscholastic contest for a possible concussion or head injury may not return to that contest unless cleared to do so by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois or a certified athletic trainer working in conjunction with a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois.
  3. If not cleared to return to that contest, a student athlete may not return to play or practice until the student athlete has provided his or her school with written clearance from a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois or a certified athletic trainer working in conjunction with a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in Illinois.

 

Adopted: October 28, 2013

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