While looking at KCTV5’s website this morning, I saw an article about new safeguards being implemented to help prevent additional concussions in student athletes. Concussions in sports is a trending topic lately with all the new information that has come out in the past year or two about professional football and the long-term effects concussions are having on these players. See:
Schools are now looking at their student athletes and the risks of concussions.
In 2011, new laws started being passed to protect student athletes. With the increasing focus on professional ball players’ head injuries and soldiers in combat, we have been forced, with good reason, to look closely at the dangers of concussions in school sponsored organized sports.
KCTV5 just reported that 2 Kansas school districts are requiring all student athletes to test their baseline prior to playing in sports. They are using a new tool that will detect concussions. If a student athlete is injured during a game, the student will have to take the test again to compare the results to the baseline to determine whether the student can return. It will test reaction time and learning response.