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MIAA Promotes Concussion Training for MIAA Game Official

105 CMR: Department of Public Health – 201.007 (E) Training Program

“Game officials shall complete one of the training programs approved by the Department as specified on the Department’s website annually and shall provide independent verification of completion of the training program to schools or school districts upon request.”

  • The yearly certification requirement is only valid between July 1st and June 30th of a given academic year.

In support of Department of Public Health (DPH) regulations cited above, and in the best interests of our student athletes, all MIAA Tournament Directors and Tournament Assignors will require successful completion of a DPH approved concussion training program as a condition for an official accepting an MIAA tournament assignment. Your acceptance of an MIAA Tournament contest assignment will be considered a implicit confirmation that you are a member in good standing with your local board, that you are enrolled with the MIAA, and that you have successfully completed a concussion training program as required by the DPH.

The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) training module, “Concussions in Sports: What You Need to Know”, is one of the MDPH approved training programs and may accessed using the link:

Concussions in Sports: What You Need to Know
(click link to get to training)

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Massachusetts Concussion Law
Letter of Affirmation Due to MDPH by 9/30/15

To all Superintendents, School Principals and Athletic Directors:

This is a reminder from Mass. Department of Public Health (MDPH) per the Sports Concussion Regulations 105 CMR 201 for 1) public and charter schools and 2) other non-public schools that are subject to the rules of Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association that have extracurricular sports in grades 6-12:

These regulations require these schools to have policies and procedures governing the prevention, recognition and management of sports-related head injuries.  Furthermore, the School or School District needs to provide MDPH with an affirmation on school or district letterhead, that it has developed such sports concussion policies in accordance with 105 CMR 201 and that an updated letter of affirmation is due by September 30, 2015 upon review or revision of its policies.  (105 CMR 201.006(C)) 

You are not required to send us your policies but you are welcome to if you like.  We have a model guidance on developing sports concussion policies called “Head Strong: Guidance for Implementing the Massachusetts Regulations on Head Injuries and Concussions in School Athletics” and can be found at the following link:
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/com-health/injury/head-injury-reg-guide-acc.pdf

You may email this letter to DPH-ConcussionPolicies AT MassMail.State.MA DOT US or mailed in hard copy to:

Linda Brown
Division of Violence and Injury Prevention
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street-4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at 617-624-5432 or linda.brown AT state.ma DOT us.  Thank you, Linda Brown

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