Does your son play Football? Have you ever had concerns about injuries? I think that is the MAIN reason why I didn’t want my son to play the sport. I actually don’t understand the rules of football, but I know what a sack/tackle is! It doesn’t look fun. My own son told me he didn’t want to play for the same reason, but my husband really wanted him to give it a try. For men it’s like a right of passage into manhood, “My boy plays football!” Well, this season my son has taken the leap to play the sport – Flag Football. You read right, flag football. My son doesn’t want to get tackled and this was the best alternative.
If you have been paying attention to the news, I am sure you have seen more and more youth getting hurt because of sports related injuries. I feel good that the state Georgia has paid attention to what is going on with sports and created “Georgia Return to Play Act of 2013.” I believe it’s a step in the right direction.
The Georgia Legislature has approved House Bill 48, also known as “Georgia Return to Play Act of 2013.” Effective Jan. 1, 2014, organizations that offer youth athletic programs in Cobb County Parks will be required to educate youth athletes and their parents to understand the dangers of concussions in sports competitions and to be able to recognize when an athlete may have sustained a concussion. To better define the requirements of this law, each organization must make preparations to be in compliance with this bill. Organizations must do the following:
- Concussion educational information must be provided to all coaches and officials.
- Concussion educational information must be provided to all the athletes and their parents. The parent/legal guardian must sign an acknowledgement of receipt and the organization must keep this on file throughout the season.
- Steps 1 & 2 must be completed prior to the athlete beginning any athletic activity in the program.
- It is strongly encouraged that all coaches and officials of a youth activity complete an annual concussion recognition education course.
The Georgia Department of Public Health is referring everyone to the “Heads Up – Concussion in Youth Sports” program offered by the CDC. On this site, the following information is being provided to comply with the bill:
- Parent/athlete information sheets in English and Spanish
- Program posters to have at your facilities
- On-line training program for coaches/officials
- Coach’s clipboard sheets
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that as many as 3.9 million sports-related and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year. A link to the program on the CDC website can be found here: CDC – Concussion Program.
Do you let your son play football? Are there any concerns?