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Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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The Concussion Law and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Law both apply to students who participate in interscholastic activities.  Following the requirements in these laws is recommended but is not mandatory for intramural or club sports.  The Concussion Law applies to student athletes in grades 5-12 and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Law applies to students under the age of 18 who participate in extracurricular sports, cheerleading, and marching band. More information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions Documents posted below.

Information Sheets

Per IC 20-34-7 and IC 20-34-8, fact sheets must be given to the student and the parent, and both the student and the parent must sign and return a form acknowledging the receipt of the information to the student’s coach or band leader.  Schools should develop a policy regarding distribution of these forms through printed or electronic means, obtaining electronic or written signatures, and the process for monitoring the completion and returning of forms.

Information Sheets for Students in Grades 9-12 (Sports and Cheerleading)

Information Sheets for Student in Grades 5-8 (Sports and Cheerleading)

Information Sheets for Students in Marching Band

Return to Play Protocols

As part of a school policy, schools should develop procedures regarding return to play protocols for students exhibiting symptoms of a concussion or sudden cardiac arrest.  Once schools develop these procedures, the following sample forms may be used.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Course for Coaches (Sports and Cheerleading) and Band Leaders

A head coach or assistant coach who coaches an athletic activity, including cheerleading, or a marching band leader, may not coach or lead the activity until the individual completes a training course.  Each coach or band leader must obtain a certificate upon successful completion of the course requirements.  The following course has been approved by the Indiana Department of Education as meeting the requirements of HEA 1040.

Concussion and Heat Exhaustion Certification Courses for Interscholastic and Cheerleading Coaches (excluding football)

Before coaching a student athlete, in grades 5-12, in any interscholastic sport or cheerleading, a head coach and every assistant coach must complete two certified coaching education courses.  These courses include:

  • Concussion Awareness (required per SEA 234) and
  • Prevention and Response to Heat Related Medical Issues (required per HEA 1024).

The head coach or assistant coach must complete a test demonstrating comprehension of the content of the course, and a certificate of completion must be awarded to each coach that successfully completes each course.  The following courses have been approved by the Indiana Department of Education as meeting the requirements of SEA 234 and HEA 1024 (both of which can now be found incorporated into IC 20-34-7).

Concussion Certification Courses for Football Coaches

Prior to coaching football to individuals who are less than twenty (20) years of age and are in grades 1 through 12, each head football coach and assistant football coach are required to complete a certified coaching education course that contains concussion awareness, equipment fitting, heat emergency preparedness, and proper technique.  Each coach is required to complete a test demonstrating comprehension of the content of the course and obtain a certificate upon successful completion of the course requirements.  The following are a list of courses that have been approved by the Indiana Department of Education as meeting the requirements of IC 20-34-7-6.

Option 1  USA Football

Option 2 – National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

Option 3 – NFHS and Atavus

Return to Learn Protocols

As part of a school policy, schools should develop procedures regarding return to learn protocols for students diagnosed with a concussion. Once schools develop these procedures, the following sample forms may be used.