ERIC Number: EJ900621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-29
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Efforts to Prevent Concussions Target Schools
Samuels, Christina A.
Education Week, v30 n5 p1, 11 Sep 2010
The number of sports-related concussions reported by young athletes is on the rise, prompting awareness campaigns from athletic and medical groups, as well as proposed federal legislation to set minimum standards for concussion management in public schools. Concussions are caused by a jolt to the body or a blow to the head that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Concussion symptoms include dizziness, nausea, confusion, slurred speech, and memory problems. With the increasing concussion cases in schools, the National Athletics Trainers' Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology Foundation launched a campaign to educate athletes, coaches, teachers, and parents about concussions. Their efforts coincided with legislation from the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee that would require schools to develop a plan for concussion safety and management, implement an "if in doubt, sit it out" policy, and provide supports for student athletes recovering from concussion as they return to school and play.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Athletes, Athletics, Accident Prevention, Head Injuries, Safety Education, Planning, Team Sports, Social Influences, High School Students, High Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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