JJIF Head Injuries and Concussions
HEAD INJURIES AND CONCUSSIONS
The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District seeks to prevent concussions and provide a safe return to activity for all students after an injury, particularly a head injury. In order to effectively and consistently manage these injuries, the HWRSD will abide by the following procedures, developed to comply with the Massachusetts General Law Ch. 111, §222 and 105 CMR 201.000 regarding students who incur head injuries while involved in extracurricular athletic activities, including but not limited to interscholastic sports. The law mandates that all MIAA schools develop regulations to implement the policies specified in the law including: 1. educating coaches, athletes and their parents about concussions, 2. the documentation of student athlete’s past head injuries, and 3. requirements for taking a student athlete out of play or practice, and certification for “return to play.” These procedures are designed to ensure that concussed athletes are identified, treated and referred appropriately, receive follow-up care and necessary academic assistance, and are fully recovered prior to returning to athletic activity. The procedures herein will be administered by the High School Athletic Director and the High School Nurse under the direction of the High School Principal.