, Derry, New Hampshire

November 1, 2012

Concussion policy presented at School Board.

By James Niedzinski
Derry News

---- — LONDONDERRY — Early this year, the state Legislature passed legislation requiring school districts to make guidelines about the dangers of concussions in youth sports, but not everyone is on board with the hard-hitting idea.

During the Londonderry School Board meeting last week, the second reading of a potential policy was reviewed.

The proposal presented would require both parents and athletes to sign a form indicating they know the dangers and warning signs of concussions, as well as the proper procedure if a student does suffer a concussion.

In addition, if approved, the policy would require parents and student athletes to complete a mandatory online course about the dangers and warning signs of concussions.

The course, “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports,” is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It would require parents and atheletes to present a certificate of completion.

The course was praised by Superintendent Nathan Greenberg and School Board member Nancy Hicks.

Greenberg said the new policy does not make the school liable. Students woud be required to have medical authorization following a concussion before returning to any sport.

Not every board member thought the new policy was a knock-out idea.

“But as a parent, I’m a bit bothered by the ideas that I must complete a training program before my kid can do something,” board member John Robinson said.

Although he said he did recognize the importance of preventing injuries and the dangers of concussions, he was not in support of making the online course mandatory.

The third reading of the concussion policy is set to take place during the next School Board Meeting on Nov. 8.