Concussion Safety

The State CIF has put together a comprehensive concussion page regarding policies for the management of concussion and head injury for CIF Member Schools. On this page, you will find:

  • Information on Assembly Bill 1451
    A.B. 1451 adds new requirements to the High School Coaching Education and Training Program “HSCTP” regarding training for coaches about how to identify concussions and appropriate responses.
  • Information on Assembly Bill 25
    A.B. 25 added to the education code a mandate that schools must now follow. On a yearly basis, a concussion and head injury information sheet shall be signed and returned by the athlete and the athlete’s parent or guardian before the athlete’s initiating practice or competition. A word document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that schools/districts may use to meet the mandate in A.B. 25 to inform parents and students on concussion signs and symptoms is linked on the concussion page.
  • Additional resource links

Did you know?

  • Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
  • There are between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports-related concussions in the United States every year.
  • For young people ages 15 to 24, sports are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury behind only motor vehicle crashes.
  • Numbers and rates of concussions are highest in football, followed by girl’s soccer.

The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section is proud to partner with Mind Game to raise awareness of concussion safety across all high school athletics.  MindGame’s mission is to raise awareness about concussions and provide student athletes and their parents with increased access to concussion education and care.

Who is MindGame?

MindGame is a non-profit organization with a board that is made up of healthcare providers from the four major healthcare systems in the Greater Sacramento area: Kaiser Permanente, UC Davis Health Systems, Sutter Health and Dignity Health. The relationship they have with the healthcare systems is unique: There is no other organization in the nation partnering with all of the local health systems to create a program to keep your child safe while pursuing their athletic endeavors. You can reach MindGame at (916) 474-6244.

The Program – Cover your BASES

Baseline and Post-Injury Testing
Computerized baseline testing has become a cornerstone of concussion management.  When used properly, it can contribute important information about your child’s injury and healing process.

Access to Qualified Professionals
Concussions are serious injuries that should be treated by healthcare providers who are experienced with their management.  The program integrates all of the major medical systems in the area so that no matter which insurance plan you have, there is a group of providers you can count on.

A program is only as good as the support the participants receive during their participation. Healthcare providers are available to answer questions and solve problems for you and your child.

The program offers training programs for parents, athletes, and coaches so they know how to identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion and what to do if they suspect your child has had a concussion.

Supplemental Health Insurance
MindGame offers access to affordable secondary health insurance to athletes.  Concussion related expenses not covered by your primary insurance, can be submitted to the secondary insurance, thereby reducing the financial burden that medical expenses can create.