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Concussion Statement: On July 3, 2012, Act 197 (12), Relating to Concussions, was signed into law. One of the key points of this bill is the education of students, student athletes, parents, sports officials, school faculty and staff, and school administrators of the signs and symptoms of a concussion and what to do if someone demonstrates any of these signs or symptoms. Act 197 (12) is written for students and student athletes 14-18 years of age.
What is a concussion? A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. Concussions can be caused by a direct blow to the head or body that results in a rapid acceleration or deceleration of the head and neck. This injury changes the way the cells in the brain normally work leading to a variety of physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms.