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Concussion Management
PBSD recognizes the importance of ensuring the safety of students participating in the district’s athletic programs. ​Policy 123.1​ was adopted to provide guidance for prevention, detection and treatment of concussions sustained by students while participating in an athletic activity. Sport Safety International has partnered with the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer’s Society to offer a series of educational programs that offer the latest science and practical applications regarding prevention and management of concussions. More details for parents, athletes and coaches are available on the Concussion Information link on the PBSD athletic web link at ​
Removal From Play
Any athletes who, as determined by a game official, coach from the student’s team, certified athletic trainer, licensed physician, licensed physical therapist or other official designated by the district, exhibits signs or symptoms of a concussion or traumatic brain injury while participating in an athletic activity shall be removed by the coach from participation at that time.
Return To Play
The coach shall not return a student to participation until the student is evaluated and cleared for return to participation in writing by a licensed physician who is trained in the evaluation and management of concussions, a licensed psychologist neuropsychological trained in the evaluation and management of concussions or who has postdoctoral training in neuropsychology and specific training in the evaluation and management of concussions, or a licensed or certified healthcare professional trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and designated by a licensed physician trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.
Detention and Suspension
1. Athletes who are assigned detention must report even if they have a practice or game scheduled. 2. Students may not practice or play while under in-school or out-of-school suspension.
Example: A student suspended for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday may not participate in weekend school-related activities, including practice.
PIAA - Eligibility
Maximum Age Rule - ​A pupil shall be ineligible for interscholastic athletic competition upon attaining the age of 19​ ​years, with the following exception: If the age of 19 is attained on or after July 1, the pupil shall be eligible, age-wise, to compete through that school year.
How to Determine Age - ​In determining the age of a pupil, the date of birth as recorded in a State Bureau of Vital Statistics shall be considered as conclusive if filed in a State Bureau of Vital Statistics within one year after the date of birth. If a birth record from a State Bureau of Vital Statistics is not available, proof of a pupil’s age may be determined by requiring the submission of a birth certificate which was issued within one year after birth; or in lieu of a birth certificate, a passport, an affidavit by the parents or legal guardian filed not later than one year after the pupil’s admission to the first grade of an elementary school. In the event of the non-existence of any of these records or evidences, the earliest date of birth as recorded in the records of the school or schools attended by the pupil shall be considered the date of birth.
Where Enrolled for Attendance - ​In order to be eligible to participate in any interscholastic athletic contest, a pupil must have been regularly enrolled in a secondary school and in full-time attendance thereafter. The pupil is eligible only at the school in which the pupil is enrolled.
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