Sports Head Injury and Concussions

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.

Concussion Resources

Concussion Awareness

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:

  • Coaches
  • 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.

How to become certified in Concussion Awareness.

The National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) has an online course takes only 30 minutes to complete.

Contact

Ms. Melanie Martin
Director of Athletics
memartin@hps.holyoke.ma.us
Athletics Office Phone: 413-493-1683

500 Beech Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

District Resources

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