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Athletes and parents must attend concussion session

Parents and their student athletes are now required to attend a concussion education session at students’ middle or high schools before a student can try out for any sport. Participation in the concussion education session is mandated by state law (Virginia Code 22.1-271.5), according to a Prince William County Schools statement.
A concussion is a brain injury “characterized by an onset of impairment of cognitive and/or physical functioning, and is caused by a blow to the head, face or neck, or to the body that causes a sudden jarring of the head (e.g., a helmet to the head, being knocked to the ground). A concussion can occur with or without loss of consciousness,” the statement said.
Prince William County Public Schools support the need to ensure that staff, students and community members are aware of the seriousness of brain injuries and concussions and how they can affect students’ abilities in the educational setting. In April 2011, the School Board adopted a concussion policy that meets the Virginia Code, requiring parents and students to sign a form confirming they received training prior to any level of student participation in athletics.
The date and time for this education presentation for each middle and high school will be provided by the schools after July 1. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school for an up-to-date presentation schedule during July.

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