Student Well-Being

Md. School Board Passes Emergency Youth-Athlete Concussion Rules

By Bryan Toporek — July 25, 2012 1 min read

The Maryland State Board of Education approved emergency regulations Tuesday that require all school coaches to be trained in the next five weeks on how to recognize and respond to student-athlete concussions.

By August 31, the state school board will require all districts to have trained coaches in the identification of concussion symptoms and the return-to-play guidelines established by a state law passed last year. Districts will also be accountable for ensuring that all student-athletes and their parents or guardians receive information about the dangerof concussions, before allowing the student-athletes to participate in school sports.

Under the emergency regulations, any student-athlete suspected of having suffered a concussion or other brain injury must be immediately removed from play. A licensed health-care provider authorized to provide sports physicals must clear any athlete in this situation before they’re allowed to return to the field.

Edward Sparks, the head of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, told

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.