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By Will Nations
Concussions are a hot topic in the world of sports these days.
The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) took steps before the start of the 2014-15 sports year with a new concussion information form, which has been handed out to student athletes. The form must be signed by the student athlete and parent or guardian before the student would be able to compete in their respective sports.
The two-page information form outlines the various symptoms of a head injury along with the signs that can be observed by teammates, parents and coaches on the sideline. The form also explains the MAISâ€™s concussion policy, which includes the immediate removal of any player(s) exhibiting the signs of a concussion from action, and the arrangement of proper medical evaluations before a player returns to practice or play.
The MAIS precautions follow after House Bill 48, better known as the â€śMississippi Youth Concussion Law,â€ť was passed by the Mississippi Legislature in late January. The law requires public and private schools to implement a â€śconcussion management and return-to-play policy,â€ť for athletes displaying concussion-like symptoms.