In July 2012, Act 197 (12) was signed in to law by Governor Abercrombie. This requires the DOE and Hawaii High School Athletic Association to develop a concussion management program for students and student athletes age 14- 18. The law requires annual education for schools personnel, students, and parents regarding the signs, symptoms and management of concussions.
Even though there has been an increased awareness recently of the seriousness of concussions, the issue of concussions and sports has been a hot topic for decades. In recent years concussion rates in student athletes have almost doubled.
Click here to read ACT 197: Relating to Concussions.
The CDC defines concussion as " a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth."
If you think your student athlete has a concussion, he or she must be removed immediately from the game or practice. He or she must be evaluated by a health care professional. Continuing to participate in physical activity after a suspected concussion can lead to further injury, and even death. An interdisciplinary management program must be implemented to bring the student back to full academics and sports.