Gfeller-waller Concussion Awareness Act

The Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act was drafted and implemented to protect the safety of student-athletes in North Carolina and was signed into law on June 16, 2011, by Governor Beverly Purdue.

There are three major areas of focus in the law and these include: education, emergency action and postconcussion protocol implementation, and clearance/return to play or practice following concussion.

Each school should maintain documentation that they are in compliance with the law.

Links from the NCHSAA web site contain information and materials to be used by high schools and middle schools and medical professionals to comply with the law. At the top of the page are links for each major requirement stated in the law. This website includes forms, materials, and examples for schools to enable them to implement these changes into their schools or practices.

The Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act Resource Packet containing all compliance materials can be found by clicking the appropriate link: http://tbicenter.unc.edu/MAG_Center/gwlaw.html

It is located down the right side of the NCHSAA home page as the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act, and the same link is found under School Central, where all sorts of things pertinent for the member schools are located.

At the beginning of this packet, you will find a checklist to help guide your school through the compliance process. All forms that need to be filled out by NCHSAA member schools are located here; school officials should make sure you scroll down through all the information.

Athletic directors and principals received emails last week alerting member schools about this information. Some of what is required is already being done by NCHSAA member schools as per Board of Directors policy.