Mass. Physician Deadline for Head Injury/Concussion Training is September 2013

In July 2010 Governor Patrick signed a law on sports-related head injuries to promote the safety of young athletes in Massachusetts. The law applies to public middle and high schools serving grade 6 through high school graduation and other schools subject to the official rules of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Schools are now required to develop policies that address medical clearance and return to play for students with sports-related head injuries. 

As part of these regulations, there is a requirement that by September 2013, physicians, nurse practitioners, certified athletic trainers, and neuropsychologists providing medical clearance for return to play shall verify that they have received Department-approved training in traumatic head injury assessment and management or have received equivalent training as part of their licensure or continuing education. 

The free training program, via the CDC, can be found here. The Mass. Department of Public Health has developed a Medical Clearance Form to include an affirmation that the clinician providing clearance has taken this approved Mass. DPH Clinical Training.  

More information, options for Mass. DPH-approved clinical training, and the Medical Clearance Form can be found at: www.mass.gov/dph/sportsconcussion

For questions and additional information, please contact:

Linda Brown
Mass. Department of Public Health
(617) 624-5432
linda.brown@state.ma.us

     
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