Concussion Awareness

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.

Read more N.C. State Board of Education Policy entitled "Concussion Safety Requirements for Interscholastic Athletic Competition" (Policy Date July 9, 2015)

NCHSAA member schools have been required by law to be in compliance with the Gfeller-Waller Act since 2011.  The State Department of Public Instruction has been doing audits of school compliance with the act.

The State Board of Education has now taken action which authorizes the NCHSAA to apply and enforce this rule. In anticipation of this action, the NCHSAA Board of Directors, in December of 2014, developed policy for fines and penalties for non-compliance which was included in the minutes of that meeting.

Since this involves health and safety of participants, there would be a $1000 fine for non-compliance and a $500 fine per venue for failure to post venue specific emergency action plans.

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