The Student Athlete Concussions Law, which outlines requirements for S.C. High School League-sanctioned events, went into effect June 7, 2013. This information will help S.C. school districts comply with the law.
National Guidelines and Procedures
School districts should review the requirements outlined in the SC Student Athlete Concussions Law, examine national guidelines and procedures to identify best practices, and create district guidelines and procedures accordingly. Some resources that school districts may find helpful are listed below. The documents do not supersede any section of the SC Student Athlete Concussions Law.
- Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport (The 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich, November 2012)
Forms referenced in the Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport:
- Concussion Recognition Tool
- What Should I Do If a Concussion Occurs? (CDC)
- Get a Heads Up on Concussion in Sports Policies (CDC)
- Suggested Guidelines for Management of Concussions in Sports (January 2011) (National Federation of State High School Associations)
- Sports-Related Concussions in Children and Adolescents (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Here are policy statements and guidelines that schools and government agencies have adopted to guide their concussion management decisions. The documents are for information only and should not be interpreted as requirements or endorsements by DHEC. (These documents do not supersede any section of the S.C. Student Athlete Concussions Law. Documents from other states may reflect laws that are different from those in South Carolina.)
- Concussions and Student Athletes (SC School Boards Association; refer to Pages 9-16 of 2013 Policy and Legislative Update)
- Concussion Management (SC High School League)
- Indian Land High School (Lancaster County School District)
- Basic Guide to Implement a Successful Concussion Management Program (N.Y. State Public High School Athletic Association)
- Max's Law: Concussion Management Implementation Guide (Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program)
- Guidelines for Policies on Concussions in Student-Athletes (Virginia Board of Education)
Maintaining current knowledge is essential for appropriate identification, evaluation and management of concussions. The educational links below are for information only. Inclusion here does not imply requirement, sponsorship or endorsement by DHEC. Address questions to the course sponsor.
For Health Care Provider Organizations
To have your concussion continuing education offering listed on this Web page, send an email including a link to the course description and registration process to ConcussionTraining@dhec.sc.gov. If possible, please send information at least 8 weeks prior to the course date.
Online Educational Opportunities
- Concussion in Sports - What You Need to Know (National Federation of State High School Associations) Follow these steps to complete this course:
- Click on the button that says, please login to order. In the window that appears, click Register Now.
- When your registration is complete you may "order" the free concussion course offered along the left hand side of the page. Continue following prompts. Although it may look like you'll be charged for the course, there is no cost.
- Once you've completed "checkout," you'll be able to take the free online course.
- When you've completed and passed the course, you have the option of printing a certificate of completion.
- School-wide Concussion Management (Brain 101 - The Concussion Playbook)
Other Helpful Links
- Concussion in Sports (CDC) This site includes access to information and forms for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, athletes, and health care professionals that provide important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.
- S.C. High School League