HPS Commitment to Athletics Safety
Holyoke Public School’s Athletics Department is committed to ensuring the health of our athletes. One of the best ways to do that is to help educate our athletes and their families on potential injuries that can occur while playing sports, and how to best address those injuries.
Please read on for valuable resources and information.
- How to know if an athlete may have a concussion
- Concussion Facts for Athletes | En Español
- Concussion Facts for Parents | En Español
- For more information for specific individuals, visit HEADS UP.
Who needs to participate in a Sports Head Injury and Concussions Awareness Course?
The law says that the following people must participate in this training program:
- Athletic trainers
- Parent volunteers for any extracurricular athletic activity
- Physicians employed by the school or who volunteer for any extracurricular athletic activity
- School nurses or nurses who volunteer for any extracurricular athletic activity
- Athletic Directors
- School marching band directors
- Parents or legal guardians of children who participate in any extracurricular athletic activity.
Students and their parents or legal guardians must provide information to the school regarding any previous sports head injury at the start of each sports season. The Department of Public will be developing a sample form for this purpose. In the interim, parents and athletes can be asked to provide this information in a format selected by the school. However, these forms must require the signature of both the student and the parent or legal guardian. Coaches must receive this information prior to allowing any student to participate in an extracurricular athletic activity so they can identify students who are at greater risk for repeated head injuries.