With a new concussion policy in place, after being adopted by the Elbert County Board of Education earlier this week, the Elbert County Blue Devil football program is ready to handle the new policy.
Elbert County Blue Devil Head Coach and Athletic Director Sid Fritts said it’s something they are not taking lightly.
“We take it seriously, we are not going to get them on the field until they have been cleared”, said Fritts. “We’re not going to have them running, lifting, or on the field making contact if they have had a concussion.”
The new policy outlines that if a student participating in an athletic activity exhibits symptoms of having a concussion that he/she will be removed from the activity and will be examined by a health care provider.
A “health care provider” in this case means a licensed physician or another licensed individual under a physician’s supervision.
Elbert County School Superintendent Chuck Bell hopes the policy helps increase awareness about the dangers of concussions and other head injuries.
“Not just in the contact sports, but in sports that you don’t realize the danger is there”, said Bell. “I think it’s important that our athletes, as well as their parents or guardians have an increased awareness of concussion management.”
Fritts says that the faculty and staff are on board when it comes to dealing with students who have been diagnosed with a concussion.
“If a young person has had a concussion we would like for them to take care of them in the classroom, and have some extended time to take tests and turn in homework”, said Fritts. “Our faculty and our administration have been receptive to that protocol, and have been receptive to the needs of the students.”
The new concussion policy was adopted with a unanimous vote by the Elbert County School Board on Monday.
The policy doesn’t just apply to football, but instead covers every single extra curricular sporting event.