Many student-athletes have already started practicing for upcoming fall sports, but along with tough drills and long practices, concussion awareness will also be a priority in Maryland.
The state’s Department of Education has issued a new report called “Policies and Programs on Concussions for Public Schools and Youth Sports.” The new guidelines detail everything from the nature and risk of a concussion to the risk of not reporting an injury.
“We want to get this new publication in the hands of every coach, administrator and parent. Our No. 1 goal is to keep our student athletes safe,” said Interim State Superintendent of Schools Bernard Sadusky in a press release. Parents and students are required to read the guidelines before using any school facilities.
The Maryland General Assembly enacted legislation requiring the MSDE strengthen concussion awareness throughout the state during the 2011 session. The report has already been emailed to all 24 Maryland public school systems.