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Management of Concussion in Sports

Effective July 1, 2010, the Oklahoma State Legislature required that all school districts’ board of education work with the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) to provide information and guidelines for coaches, youth athletes and their parents or guardians about the nature and risk of concussion and head injury. In addition, players who are suspected of sustaining a concussion shall be removed from play and may not participate until the athlete is evaluated and cleared by a licensed health care professional. Read Senate Bill 1700.

Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports

The CDC has also developed Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports, which includes useful tools and information to help coaches, parents, and athletes prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. The tool kit contains practical, easy-to-use information including:

  • A fact sheet for coaches on concussion;
  • A fact sheet for athletes on concussion;
  • A fact sheet for parents on concussion;
  • A clipboard sticker with concussion facts for coaches;
  • A magnet with concussion facts for coaches and parents;
  • A poster with concussion facts for coaches and sports administrators; and
  • A quiz for coaches, athletes, and parents to test their concussion knowledge.

Download free Heads Up materials

These concussion materials are also available in Spanish.

Interactive Content and Online Training for Coaches and Trainers

Free online training for coaches from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for youth league coaches

Free online training for high school coaches from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

Free online training for sports trainers and clinicians from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Link to other materials such as videos, public service announcements, podcasts, and more

Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports

To address the potentially serious consequences of unrecognized concussions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports initiative and materials to help coaches and parents properly identify and respond to concussions in high school student athletes. The materials address a variety of audiences, including coaches, parents, and athletes.

  • Heads Up Guide for Coaches
  • Posters to promote concussion awareness
  • Wallet cards to assist coaches with quick reference and contact information
  • Fact sheets for athletes and parents in English and Spanish

These and other materials may be downloaded free-of-charge at: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/high_school.html.

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