TSSAA approves trauma policy
Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 9:23 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee high school athletes with concussion symptoms will have to be cleared by a doctor before returning to sports under a new policy approved Wednesday by the state’s athletic association.
The Tennessee Second-ary School Athletic Ass-ociation’s board unanimously approved the new policy Wednesday during a conference call. The policy takes effect in the upcoming school year.
“It is our feeling that the concussion policy keeps athletics at our level in the proper perspective,” executive director Bernard Childress said in a statement. “Safety of student-athletes first and foremost.”
Any student showing symptoms consistent with concussion ranging from loss of consciousness to confusion or balance problems is to be removed immediately from play. A new form has specific instructions to follow for students to be cleared, including the signature of a doctor or osteopathic physician before students can return to sports participation.
The state office must be notified within 24 hours if a player is removed by an official and allowed to return during the same game.
The TSSAA wants officials at every member school to know the symptoms of concussions and what steps to take when a student displays any signs.
Published in The Messenger 7.22.10