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Concussion Head Injuries

Concussion Head Injuries

State law addresses concussions/return to play.

17 V.I.C. _ 60b

b)The Board shall develop and distribute to each public school guidelines on policies to inform and educate coaches, student-athletes, and their parents or guardians of the nature and risk of concussions, criteria for removal from and return to play, and risks of not reporting the injury and continuing to play. The Department shall develop policies and procedures regarding the identification and handling of suspected concussions in student-athletes.

(c)In order to participate in any extracurricular physical activity, each student-athlete and the student-athlete's parent or guardian shall review, on an annual basis, information on concussions provided by the Department. After having reviewed materials describing the short- and long-term health effects of concussions, each student-athlete and the student-athlete's parent or guardian shall sign a statement acknowledging receipt of such information, in a manner approved by the Board of Education.

(d)A student-athlete suspected by that student-athlete's coach, athletic trainer, or school physician or school nurse of sustaining a concussion or brain injury in a practice or game must be removed from the activity at that time.

(e)A student-athlete who has been removed from play, evaluated, and suspected to have a concussion or brain injury may not return to play any time during that same week nor until evaluated by an appropriate licensed health care provider as determined by the Board and in receipt of written clearance to return to play from such licensed health care provider

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