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Head injury and concussion information for parents and students

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 DPH-approved annual training every year. Below are two options for this training:

See Concussion Trainings 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.

The Report of Head Injury Form should be filled out whenever a student has had a suspected head injury in school sports or outside of school sports.

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.

You can also download Spanish and Portuguese translations of each form.


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