13-36-9 Concussion guidelines and information sheet.
Concussion guidelines and information sheet.
The South Dakota High School
Activities Association, in concert with the Department of Education, shall develop guidelines to
inform and educate member schools, coaches, athletes, and the parents or guardians of athletes, of
the nature and risk of concussion, including continuing to play after sustaining a concussion. A
concussion information sheet shall be signed and returned by any athlete who seeks to compete in
activities sanctioned by the South Dakota High School Activities Association and the athlete's parent
or guardian prior to the athlete's participation in any youth athletic activities sanctioned by the South
Dakota High School Activities Association. A signed information sheet is effective for one academic
The guidelines and information sheet shall include protocols and content consistent with current
medical knowledge for informing and educating each member school, coach, and athlete
participating in athletic activities sanctioned by the South Dakota High School Activities
Association, and the athlete's parent or guardian as to:
The nature and risk of concussions associated with athletic activity;
The signs, symptoms, and behaviors consistent with a concussion;
The need to alert appropriate medical professionals for urgent diagnosis or treatment if
an athlete is suspected to have received a concussion; and
The need to follow proper medical direction and protocols for treatment and return to play
after an athlete sustains a concussion.
SL 2011, ch 97, § 1.