Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act

 

Emergency Action Plan and Return to Play Requirements


  1. 1.Each school’s program should include a medical return-to-play/practice protocol for postconcussion return to play or practice. A return to play/practice protocol and form are included here (PDF - 45 kb).


  1. 2.School’s are to be reminded that any athlete exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with concussion should be removed from play or practice immediately and should not be returned the same day. The student-athlete may not return on a subsequent day until the student-athlete is evaluated by and receives written clearance by a medical provider trained in concussion management as outlined in the law. The written clearance return to play form is provided here PDF - 2.9 MB.


Each school should have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) in place that is:

  1. 1.In writing,

  2. 2.Distributed to all personnel,

  3. 3.Posted conspicuously at all venues,

  4. 4.Reviewed and rehearsed by all licensed athletic trainers (LAT), first responders, coaches, school nurses, athletic directors, and volunteers for extracurricular athletic activities, and

  5. 5.The EAP must be reviewed by an athletic trainer licensed (LAT) in North Carolina. To have your plan reviewed by a LAT, in the event you school does not have one, please send the EAP to eap@ncathletictrainer.org.


Guidelines for developing your EAP are included here (PDF - 102 kb). A sample EAP can be found here (PDF - 548 kb). If you are a LAT in North Carolina, you can review your own school’s EAP to ensure that it complies with the specifications outlined in the law. Here is the rubric that will be used to evaluate your EAP (PDF - 45 kb)




The Gfeller-Waller EAP and RTP page was last modified: March 22, 2012