August 11, 2011
New safeguards are now in place to help make sure high school students get proper care after concussions. State recommendations for student athletes have been in place since last year, but now those recommendations are law.
"I don't think there's ever a limit on what's too much for the safety of kids," said Eisenhower High School Athletic Director Curtis Conrad.
Conrad has been in the Goddard district for five years. He already had safeguards in place for his athletes, but this is the first year the state is mandating concussion protocol.
"This is just telling us another precaution that we take with our kids," said Conrad.
The new law requires any student and their guardian to sign a release form before participating in a sport. The form educates on the symptoms and dangers of concussions. Regulations also now require any student who shows signs of a possible concussion be taken out of a practice or game. They will not be allowed to return unless they are cleared by a licensed doctor, specifically an MD or DO.
"Hopefully it just continues to bring a greater awareness and opens more schools' eyes to the issue," said Brent Unruh of the Kansas State High School Athletic Association (KSHSAA).
KSHSAA had already put forth similar recommendations mandated in the law, which is why many schools already had similar procedures in place.