Sports Injury Prevention

  • Effective July 1, 2011, Kansas law (The School Sports Head Injury Prevention Act), states that any student participating in athletics or spirit teams must provide a signed Concussion and Head Injury Information Release Form to the school office (signed by both a parent/guardian and the student). The form must be on file before the student participates in his or her first practice of the school year.

    In addition, the new law requires the following:

    • Coaches are to remove athletes from play whenever a concussion is suspected.
    • The athlete must have medical clearance to return to play.

    Additional guidelines adopted by the Kansas State High School Activities Association require that:

    • The return to play after a suspected concussion cannot occur on the same day that the signs and/or symptoms of concussion were observed, and
    • After medical clearance, the return to play must follow a graduated protocol.

    The following documents are utilized by Olathe Public Schools when a student is suspected of having a concussion.