Please read the information below which can be found on https://www.ghsa.net. Select GHSA constistution and by-laws for 2019 – 2020. The two most important items I want to communicate with you are as follows. You should be receiving a form soon from any student-athlete participating in a Fall Sport (Cross Country, Football, Cheerleading, Softball, Volleyball). This form MUST be signed on the front and back by the student and the parent/guardian. One side has important information regarding concussion awareness. The other side has important information regarding sudden cardiac arrest.
In addition to the form that MUST be returned and kept on file, GA schools are also required to hold TWO parent informational meetings regarding SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest). Mrs. Jennifer Clark, a DCHS Healthcare Teacher, and Sonya Middlebrooks, a school nurse, will lead this meeting, sharing important information and “look fors” regarding SCA. This meeting will be held in the DCHS auditorium on Monday, August 19th. It is open to any parent/guardian of a middle or high school student-athlete. The meeting should take approximately forty-five minutes.
GHSA By-Law 2.68
2.68 GHSA Concussion Policy and SB 60, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act (a) GHSA Concussion Policy: In accordance with Georgia law and national playing rules published by the NFHS, any athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion shall be immediately removed from the practice or contest and shall not return to play until an appropriate health care professional has determined that no concussion has occurred. (NOTE: An appropriate health care professional may include: licensed physician (MD/DO) or another licensed individual under the supervision of a licensed physician, such as a nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, or certified athletic trainer who has received training in concussion evaluation and management). (1) No athlete is allowed to return to a game or practice on the same day that a concussion (1) has been diagnosed OR (2) cannot be ruled out. (2) Any athlete diagnosed with a concussion shall be cleared medically by an appropriate health care professional prior to resuming participation in any future practice or contest. The formulation of a gradual return to play protocol shall be a part of the medical clearance. (3) It is mandatory that every coach in each GHSA sport (including Community Coaches, Student Teachers, and Interns) participate in a free, online course on concussion management prepared by the NFHS and available at www.nfhslearn.com at least every two years. (4) Each school will be responsible for monitoring the participation of its coaches in the concussion management course, and shall keep a record of those who participate. (5) Each school must distribute to every athlete and his/her parent/guardian an information sheet that includes: the dangers of concussion injuries, the signs/symptoms of concussion, and the concussion management protocol outlined in this by-law. This sheet must be signed by the parent/guardian of each athlete and a copy kept on file at the school. (b) SB 60, Jeremy Nelson and Nick Blakely Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act: In accordance with Georgia law: (1) Each school must distribute to every athlete and his/her parent/guardian an information sheet that includes: the Early Warning Signs, How to Recognize Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and Learn HandsOnly CPR outlined in this by-law. This sheet must be signed by the parent/guardian of each athlete, each athlete and a copy kept on file at the school. (2) Each school must hold an informational meeting twice per year regarding the symptoms and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest. At such informational meeting, an information sheet on sudden cardiac arrest symptoms and warning signs shall be provided to each student’s parent or guardian. In addition to students, parents or guardians, coaches, and other school officials, such informational meetings may include physicians, pediatric cardiologists, and athletic trainers.