Health care professionals may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because usually concussions are not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious. Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death. In response to legislation on sports-related head injuries in 2010, the Department of Public Health developed regulations that were promulgated in 2011 and apply to all public middle high schools and other schools subject to the rules of the Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) with extracurricular sports for grades 6-12. This website provides details and information about the regulations, trainings, required forms for schools and clinicians and model policies for schools and other important information.
This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.