Regulations on head injuries and concussions in extracurricular activities
The regulations known as Head Injuries and Concussions in Extracurricular Athletic Activities provide guidance to school administrators, athletic directors, coaches, certified athletic trainers, medical providers, school nurses, parents and students on their roles in implementing sports concussion management programs in their schools. Please follow the link below to read the full regulations:
Required yearly reporting for schools
Year end reporting form
The Year End Reporting Form for Schools is required for all public schools and other schools subject to the rules of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) with extracurricular athletic activities for grades 6-12. This form is required to be submitted to the Department of Public Health annually by August 31.
- Checkbox form: Year End Report for 2020-2021
- Paper form: Year End Report for 2020-2021 (PDF) | (DOC)
The Year End Reporting Form for Schools submission period for 2019-2020 has been closed. Information for the 2020-2021 Year End Report Form will be coming soon.
Letter of affirmation
The school or school district shall provide the Department of Public Health with an affirmation on school or school district letterhead that it has reviewed and updated its policies in accordance with the regulations by September 30th, every two years on the odd numbered year for review or revision of its policies.
Information for the 2021 Letters of Affirmation will be coming soon.
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 (PDF) | (DOC)
The Report of Head Injury Form should be filled out when a student has had a suspected head injury during or outside of extracurricular athletic activities.
The Post Sports-Related Head Injury Medical Clearance and Authorization Form should be filled out by a medical provider authorized to allow a student diagnosed with a concussion to begin a graduated return to play protocol, or to clear them for full participation in athletic activities.
DPH approved annual trainings
Regulations require that schools must provide Annual Trainings for coaches, school nurses, school and team physicians, certified athletic trainers, athletic directors, marching band directors, student athletes and their parents.
The following annual training programs listed below meet the requirements of the regulations:
- 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)
- CDC Written Course Script and Quiz
- Concussion Training for Coaches - English
- Concussion Training for Coaches - Spanish (PDF)
- Final Written Quiz for Coaches - English (PDF)
- Final Written Quiz for Coaches - Spanish (PDF)
The Department can provide guidance and recommendations to schools on their concussion policies as well as educational materials and resources to support the health of school communities. School staff can contact ConcussionPolicies@State.MA.US or (617) 624-5490 for more information.
Additional materials: Guidance for schools
- Head Strong: Guidance for Implementing Mass. Regulations on Head Injuries & Concussions in School Athletics (PDF) | (DOC)
- Revised Update to Head Strong, Effective August 1, 2014 (PDF) | (DOC)
- MDPH Guidance on 504 or IEP Plans for Students Returning to Academic Work (PDF) | (DOC)
- Stop Addiction PDF Brochure (PDF) | (DOC)
- Stop Addiction PDF Brochure - Spanish (PDF) | (DOC)