Maryland State School Board Focuses on Mandatory Concussion Guidelines

The Maryland State Board of Education passed emergency regulations yesterday to address the issue of concussion prevention in students at public school.

A task force will be formed and make recommendations about how head injuries are identified and when students are taken out of a game or practice when a concussion is suspected.

School board members said they are prepared for “uncomfortable conversations” about how athletes practice and the way sports are played.

Maryland passed concussion legislation in May 2011, requiring school coaches to receive training in head injuries, players to be removed from play or practice when a concussion is suspected, and to be cleared by a medical professional to make a gradual return to play.

The Baltimore Sun has more details in their report about the session.