Parents and student athletes play a pivotal role in ensuring a student’s safety in extracurricular school sports. It is critical that parents and students learn the symptoms and dangers of sports-related head injuries and the elements of a safe return to play. Any student playing in extracurricular school sports and their parent must take the MDPH-approved annual training every year. Below are two options for this training:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports On-Line Training Program (available online and free of charge)
- National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports - What you Need to Know (available online and free of charge)
See Information for Schools, School Staff, Coaches, Athletic Trainers and Volunteers page for other options for in-person trainings.
Required Forms for Schools with Extracurricular Sports Activities
The Pre-participation form must be filled out by the student and parent prior to the beginning of every sports season and reviewed by the coach and school nurse to ensure that it is safe for the student to play in school sports.
- Pre-participation Head Injury/Concussion Reporting Form For Extracurricular Activities
The Report of Head Injury Form should be filled out whenever a student has had a head injury in school sports or outside of school sports.
- Report of a Head Injury During Sports Season Form
The Post Sports-Related Head Injury Medical Clearance and Authorization Form should be filled out by a medical provider authorized to clear a student athletic diagnosed with a concussion to return to play.
- Post Sports-Related Head Injury Medical Clearance and Authorization Form
This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.