CEDAR LAKE | The Hanover School Board of Trustees is reviewing a proposed new policy regarding concussions incurred by student athletes.
The proposed policy underwent an informational reading during this week. The policy will likely be approved in December.
According to the policy, the parent or guardian of any high school student athlete will be given an information sheet on student concussions issued by the Indiana Department of Education.
The parent/guardian will then have to sign a form acknowledging receipt of the information. Student-athletes will not be allowed to practice or play until the signed form has been returned.
Coaches who suspect a high school athlete has sustained a concussion during a game will be required to remove that student at the time of the injury. The student will not be allowed to return to the sport until they have been evaluated and released by a licensed health care provider.
Earlier this fall, the board also approved a two-year contract with Flexeon Rehabilitation Services for an an athletic trainer who will be on-site daily, and also be on hand for games.
One of the trainers’ most important new duties will be to monitor and protect student athletes who’ve been injured, said Jeff Brooks, the high school’s athletic director.
Of particular importance will be students who may have suffered a concussion during play. The trainer will be on hand to immediately talk to and evaluate the student after such an incident, Brooks said.