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Concussion Information

On May 19, 2011, Governor O’Malley signed into law “Education—Public Schools and Youth Sports Programs—Concussions” to protect the state’s student athletes from the dangers of a concussion—a medical condition which can cause permanent harm. This law, now supported with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) concussion policy, applies to youth sports programs organized for recreational athletic competition or instruction for participants under the age of 19.

While most of the bill focuses on school sponsored programs, it also includes provisions for community groups. Effective July 1, 2011, the law requires: “Youth sports programs seeking to use school facilities must verify distribution of concussion information to parents or guardians and receive verifiable acknowledgement of receipt. In addition, each youth sports program will annually affirm to the local school system or agent of their intention to comply with the concussion information procedures.”

Below is a link to a fact sheet for parents that gives information about concussions.

Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents  

Additional information and resources regarding concussions can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html.

We will monitor for any possible issues of this nature during the course of the camp and communicate any concerns with parents.  If your camper demonstrates any of these types of symptoms prior to or after a camp session, please share them with us.  Campers exhibiting concussion symptoms will be removed from activities.  They will need to be cleared by a medical professional before they are allowed to resume participation. 

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