Concussion Education Plan for
Parents and Student-Athletes

The CIAC Board of Control at their November 2013 meeting passed a new rule that requires all member schools to educate all student-athletes and their parents on concussions beginning July 1, 2014. The mandatory topics that must be covered include the following:
  • the recognition of signs and symptoms of concussion
  • the means of obtaining proper medical treatment for a person suspected of sustaining a concussion
  • the nature and risks of a concussion, including the danger in continuing to engage in athletic activity after sustaining a concussion
  • the proper procedures for allowing a student who has sustained a concussion to return to athletic activity
  • current best practices in the prevention and treatment of concussion
Further, CIAC also requires that all student-athletes and their parents must sign an informed consent form developed by the school that attests they are aware of the signs and symptoms of concussion and return-to-play requirements.

Each member school is required to develop and implement the educational plan that is most appropriate for their district as long as the required topics are covered. The implementation of the plan can be achieved through utilizing written materials, online training, videos or in-person training. CIAC recommends that, whenever possible, in-person training is utilized at the required pre-season meeting for parents and athletes. Schools may use any or all of the delivery methods mentioned above to develop a plan that best fits the demographics of their district. These regulations are designed to comply with the new concussion law passed in the 2014 legislative session that goes into effect July 1, 2015.

The tools below have been approved by the Connecticut Medical Society, The Connecticut Association of Athletic Trainers and the CIAC and may be used to assist schools in the education of parents and student-athletes. CIAC member schools must make every effort to make certain the material is presented and understood.