Concussion risk in middle school

Concussions are not just a risk for professional, college and high school athletes, acknowledges a policy revision being considered by the Mount Desert Island Regional School System board.

The policy on “Management of Concussions and Other Head Injuries” would stipulate that all students in grades five through 12 “participating in school sponsored extra-curricular athletic activities are required to participate in and complete concussion impact testing.”

The school system currently has a concussion management policy, which the board adopted in January, but it does not establish protocols for dealing with head injuries in students younger than ninth grade.