New Hampshire School Board Mulls Policy that Would Require Parents to Take Concussion Course
The Londonberry School District in Londonberry, New Hampshire is considering a policy that would require all student athletes and parents to take a course on concussion prevention and care before the student athletes could participate in athletics.
If approved next month, parents would have to complete a program called “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports,” an online course provided by the Centers for Disease Control.
School Board member Leitha Reilly applauded the board’s decision.
“While it could be laborious for some parents out there and student athletes, I think it’s excellent because we’re not just educating what it is but also how to recognize it and what to do about it rather than just handing them a pamphlet,” she told the media.
Other board members, such as John Robinson, liked the “intent,” but still had reservations.
“We should do everything we can to limit or eliminate the danger of concussions and brain injuries as much as we can,” he reportedly said. “But that being said, as a parent, I’m a little bothered by the idea that the School District is going to tell me that I must complete a training program before my kid can participate in a sports program.”