Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is implementing a comprehensive program this fall aimed at reducing and managing concussions among high school athletes in the district.
This program has several parts: “Heads Up” concussion training for all football coaches; neurocognitive testing that can help determine if a student-athlete is concussed; and replacing all football helmets that have lower protection ratings.
“As doctors and scientists have learned more about the effects of concussions, it has become clear that we need to put more protections in place for students most at risk,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “We want to approach this issue from a prevention standpoint first as well as appropriately managing concussions that do happen.”
Beginning this year, the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association will require concussion management training for football head coaches, and all coaches starting in the 2016-17 school year. LWSD trained all high school football coaches on August 17.