In 2013, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 148. This act, effective January 1,
2014, requires that school and community organizations sponsoring youth athletic activities establish
guidelines to inform and educate coaches, youth athletes and other adults involved in youth athletics
about the nature, risk and symptoms of concussion and head injury. Every individual involved in
youth athletics must become more proactive in identifying and treating athletes who show signs of
concussion or head injury. In order to address this critical issue, the National Federation of State High
School Associations includes the following language in every sport rule book publication:
Any player who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion such as
loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion or balance problems, shall be
immediately removed from the game and shall not return to play until cleared by an
appropriate health care professional.
Education is the key to identifying and treating youth athletes who show signs of a concussion during
athletic participation. It is very important that every administrator, coach, parent, official, athlete and
health-care professional know the symptoms and steps to take when dealing with student-athletes
that display signs of a possible concussion. Concussion can be a serious health issue and should be
treated as such.
The Spring Hill TN Lions Club Does NOT offer any medical advice, care, or guidelines. In the case of any injury, it is encourage that the injured party seek professional medical attention.