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Concussion in High School Sports
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that results from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head (or by a hit to the body) that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. Although one concussion is seldom life-threatening, the effects can still be quite serious.
Oklahoma Law about Sports-related Head Injury
Effective November 1, 2016, the Oklahoma State Legislature required that all school districts and youth sports organizations or associations develop policies and procedures to inform and educate coaches, game officials, team officials, athletes, and their parents or guardians of 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. (70 O.S. § 24-155).
Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports
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. Materials include:
Online Training for Coaches, Trainers, and Officials
Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publications from the Injury Prevention Service
Injury Prevention Service
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