Massachusetts State law 105 CMR 201 requires all game officials to take one of the on-line courses on Concussion each year before the season starts. Of particular, interest to EMSOA member are the following items in the requirement
EMSOA and MIAA recommends that you take your concussion training at one of the following web site:
The course takes about 30 minutes to complete. Finding and printing the certificate takes another 5 min. There are lots of pop-ups to deal with. If you have a pop-up blocker on your web browser, turn it off before starting. After completing the course, print out a copy of the certificate. Schools are allowed to ask officials for a copy of the certificate. Bring a copy to your game site.
The NFHS Course listed above is the course most MIAA schools are using to certify their coaches, and all school personnel required to train. Over 200,000 have now completed the course. The MIAA and EMSOA do not have the jurisdiction to interpret the DPH regulations. If there are any questions about the Game Officials training requirement, they should be addressed to the MA DPH.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports contain a lot of useful information and fact sheets you can download and carry with you.
Concussion Awareness & Prevention Program - A program to provide all the available general recourses of concussion information into an useable, focused format all those involved in or interested in youth spots. This program was established for usage in Connecticut but is useful coaches, officials, parents and athletes in any state..
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