Head injury policy gets consideration at Fayette BoE

The Fayette County Board of Education is considering a policy to address the issue of concussions and head injury that can result from extracurricular athletic activities.

The draft policy presented Monday night at the school board meeting noted that parents or legal guardians at the beginning of each season of any extracurricular athletic activity will be given an information sheet informing them of the nature and risk of head injury and concussion.

The policy notes that a student exhibiting symptoms of a concussion will be removed from the activity and examined by a healthcare provider. If a concussion has been sustained, the student cannot return to full or graduated play until clearance is received by the healthcare provider.

By definition, a healthcare provider includes a physician, another licensed individual under a doctor’s supervision or a certified athletic trainer who has received training in concussion evaluation and management.

Superintendent Jody Barrow at the meeting said the policy is a result of recent state legislation, adding that current school system procedures mirror the new policy.

The draft policy will be up for a vote at the school board’s regular meeting in September.

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Coaches were trained last year in concussion protocol. Immediate removal from activity, and an examination by a qualified medical person.