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Concussion Resources and Education for Community and Schools

A concussion can happen anywhere—at home, in the community or on a playground or the playing field. It’s important that all members of the community, from parents and coaches to school administrators and educators, have the knowledge and resources they need to put appropriate plans in place and recognize the signs should a concussion happen on their watch. We recommend educators and community members use the following resources and educational materials to help plan for and anticipate a concussion.

Download the Concussion Reference Guide

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Concussion Reference Guide is intended to serve as a guideline or a user’s manual for local school boards and governing bodies. It covers a range of topics, from the definition of a concussion and ImPACT testing to cognitive rest and your role in managing concussions.

Create a concussion policy

Our concussion policy template (en Español) can be downloaded and modified with your school or organization’s information.

Enact the three-step concussion plan

  1. Educate
  2. Recognize the signs
  3. Return safely

The Return to Play Act of 2013 aims to protect young athletes from concussion injuries.

Your child’s school must have a concussion policy for sports. It must include informing parents about the concussion risks, removing any player showing concussion symptoms, and clearing an athlete to return to play only through a specially trained healthcare provider.


Your child must stop playing all sports and rest until he has no concussion symptoms. He should also only return to school, work and studies before returning to game play or practice. Wait until your child’s doctor says it is OK for him to resume sports or PE. When this occurs, your child should take it slow and stop if any symptoms return. If your child has a second concussion before recovering from the first, there can be serious consequences.

Download the following concussion guidelines for specific sports: