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March 19, 2012

Concussion Care Mandatory in Schools

Last week, Mike Holroyd commented on the challenges involved when getting a student back into the classroom after suffering a concussion. His post encourages teachers and school professionals to be involved in the student’s recovery.

A bill was introduced last week in Ontario that would require school boards to institute a brain-injury prevention and management policy. Concussion training would be mandated for school staff and parents. New standards of care would be set to more effectively monitor a student’s recovery.

So far, BC is the only other province considering a concussion-related law. Last November, BC proposed the Concussions in Youth Sport Safety Act. The Act would enforce the following concussion protocol in youth sports organizations:

  • Organizations must inform and educate coaches, youth athletes, and their parents of the nature and risk of concussion and head injuries.
  • Each year, a concussion and head injury information sheet must be signed and returned by a youth athlete and their parents prior to practice or competition.
  • A youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury must be removed from competition immediately.
  • An injured athlete must not return to play until they have received clearance to return to play by a health care professional.

The Concussions in Youth Sport Safety Act is a step in the right direction. But Ontario’s proposed legislation is important because it’s the first to make schools legally responsible for concussion prevention and care.

The impact of a concussion is felt as much in the classroom as on the playing field. As Ontario’s Minister of Education Laurel Broten points out, a “return-to-learn” plan is as important as a “return-to-play”plan.

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Slater Vecchio LLP is a boutique law firm located in British Columbia. Over the past 20 years, Slater Vecchio has represented thousands of clients and has grown into one of the largest personal injury and class action firms in the province.