Vermont - Concussion/head injuries: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law addresses concussions/return to play.

The Vermont Statues 16-031-003-1431 Concussions and other head injuries

(d) Participation in athletic activity.

  • (1) Neither a coach nor a health care provider shall permit a youth athlete to continue to participate in any training session or competition associated with a school athletic team if the coach or health care provider knows or should know that the athlete has sustained a concussion or other head injury during the training session or competition.
  • (2) Neither a coach nor a health care provider shall permit a youth athlete who has been prohibited from training or competing pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection to train or compete with a school athletic team until the athlete has been examined by and received written permission to participate in athletic activities from a health care provider.

The Vermont Statues 16-031-003-1431 Concussions and other head injuries

(e) Action plan.

  • (1) The principal or headmaster of each public and approved independent school in the State or a designee shall ensure that each school has a concussion management action plan that describes the procedures the school shall take when a student athlete suffers a concussion. The action plan shall include policies on:
    • (A) who makes the initial decision to remove a student athlete from play when it is suspected that the athlete has suffered a concussion;
    • (B) what steps the student athlete must take in order to return to any athletic or learning activity;
    • (C) who makes the final decision that a student athlete may return to athletic activity; and
    • (D) who has the responsibility to inform a parent or guardian when a student on that school's athletic team suffers a concussion.
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