(KWTX) Major Central Texas school districts say they’re set to comply with a University Interscholastic League requirement to submit individual concussion reports on athletes in all sports effective Aug, 1, 2019.
The UIL issued the order Monday requiring the reports from 6A schools.
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath must still sign off on the requirement.
The reports, which include more than a dozen questions about each player, will be sent to researchers at the O'Donnell Brain Institute at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, which says its one goal is to determine how to better protect the athletes.
“Each (6A school) will be documenting that in a system that will give some basic demographics and information on how the concussion occurred so they can have that data,” Temple High School athletic trainer, Windee Skrabanek said.
Skrabanek has been at Temple High School for 14 years.
“Any athlete that has any type of injury they are able to come in and we evaluate them, treat them, (and) rehab them,” Skrabanek said.
The Waco, Killeen and Belton school districts also say they’ll comply with the order.
“All four of our traditional high schools are 6 A schools so we will be doing this. The directive only came out from UIL on Monday, so we’re just looking it to it now. But it’s something our athletic trainers will get done,” Killeen ISD spokesman Terry Abbott said.
In the Waco ISD, Waco High School is a 6A school and University is 5A.
“Of course we already closely monitor concussions. The change for next year will just be in how that information gets reported to UIL and then passed along to UT Southwestern,” Waco ISD spokesman Kyle DeBeer said.
Salado High School is in Class 4-A, but Superintendent Michael Novotny says when the requirement is extended to smaller schools, the district is already prepared to provide the data.
“When it does come to that time it shouldn’t be very difficult as our athletic trainer, Mark Rodriguez, documents all our information regarding any concussions,” he said.
“As far as preventing and treating concussions, I believe the more we all teach students about reporting any head injury, the process of treating goes a lot smoother for all. Coaches need to be aware when one of their athletes may be concussed so they can report that to our athletic trainer. If a student is diagnosed with a concussion, they must then be cleared by a physician and will then go through a Return to Play Protocol. Our athletic trainer will go through this with them and make sure they are safe and healthy to return to play,” he said.