MIAA adopts new concussion recommendations

posted Oct 8, 2010, 2:47 PM by Mass TFOA   [ updated Oct 8, 2010, 2:57 PM ]
During the meeting of the MIAA Board of Directors the week of Oct. 4, “concussion recommendations” from the MIAA Sports Medicine Committee were adopted by the Board. The recommendations were detailed in email dated Oct. 8 from MIAA executive director Dick Neal to member schools.
The recommendations are:
1.  Continue to promote Association initiatives related to concussions in sports, along with other resources and services available (click here http://www.miaa.net/Update%20Concussion%20Issues.htm).
2.  Promote the availability of the National Federation of State High School Associations’ online course, “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know” (click here http://www.nfhs.org/content.aspx?id=4019), and further to require this Course for all MIAA member school coaches (note: more than 4,000 already have completed the online course).
3.  Continue to participate in the Department of Public Health Return to Play Task Force (RTP).
4.  Continue to support delay of full implementation of the Concussion Law.
Kindly note that #2 mandates that all your coaches take the National Federation course online.  This requirement is effective with the start of this year’s winter sport season (i.e. November 29).
Additionally, the Department of Public Health (DPH) has made a request that we include in the MIAA Concussion Rule the following language:  If a student athlete becomes unconscious during a practice or competition, that student must not return to participation without written authorization to the Athletic Director from an appropriate health care professional (as determined by the DPH).
Be assured that we continue to initiate and participate in meetings with other stakeholders on this important subject.