State revises concussion reporting after weak response from schools

State requirements for tracking head injuries in football and other high school sports are designed to help school officials address student safety.
State requirements for tracking head injuries in football and other high school sports are designed to help school officials address student safety.Jim Davis/Globe Staff/File 2010

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Citing problems with both the quantity and quality of concussion data collected, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has revamped the mandatory school reporting form for head injuries ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline.

The 2011-2012 school year was the first time schools were required to report sports concussions and other head injuries under a new state law. But many athletic directors and other school officials were unaware of the deadline or were confused by the form and exactly what information to include. Although the deadline was last August, less than a third of Massachusetts schools had complied as of late June, 10 months later.

Even with the limited data, the state said it was clear the numbers show a significant health issue.

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