Management of Concussion in Sports
In 2010, the Oklahoma State Legislature required that all school districts work with the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) to provide information and guidelines for coaches, youth athletes and their parents about the risk of concussion and head injury. In addition, players who are suspected of sustaining a concussion shall be removed from play and may not participate until the athlete is evaluated and cleared by a licensed health care professional. Read Senate Bill 1700.
Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports
The CDC has developed Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports, which includes tools and information to help coaches, parents, and athletes prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. The tool kit contains practical, easy-to-use information including:
- Fact sheets about concussion for coaches, athletes, and parents;
- A clipboard sticker with concussion facts for coaches;
- A magnet with concussion facts for coaches and parents;
- A poster with concussion facts for coaches and sports administrators; and
- A quiz for coaches, athletes, and parents to test their concussion knowledge.
Online Training for Coaches and Trainers
Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports initiative and materials to help coaches and parents properly identify and respond to concussions in high school student athletes. Materials include:
- Heads Up Guide for Coaches
- Posters to promote concussion awareness
- Wallet cards to assist coaches with quick reference and contact information
- Fact sheets for athletes and parents in English and Spanish
These and other materials may be downloaded free-of-charge at: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/high_school.html.