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Batavia High School faculty and staff are gearing up for the first day of school with new rules in place for dealing with concussions. Whether it’s in gym class, the hallway or on the football field your child will be tested if they injure their head.

A new law went into effect in New York State this past July requiring all coaches, physical education teachers and nurses to be trained to do the test.

Director of Athletics at Batavia High School Michael Bromley said prior to this year only athletes were tested for concussions. He describes the testing procedure.

“It tests kids ability to react, reaction time, memory, it’s like a video game,” said Bromley.

According to the Center for Disease Control there are between an estimated 1.6 and 3.8 million sports-related concussions in the United States every year. Leaving the C.D.C to conclude that sports related concussions in the United States have reached an "epidemic level."

Bromley uses student athletes as an example, but the same protocol now applies to everyone. He said after the injury the student is sent home with concussion management information for their parents to sign off on.

“From there what we have to do is put all of our information on a website and then to follow up if anyone has a head injury during a game it’s an automatic removal and so from that point what we will do is within 24-hours we will retest the students, so we’ll have the baseline from when we gave them the test, then we’ll retest the students and they’ll be able to give that information to their physicians,” said Bromley.

Bromley said if you can identify the first concussion and treat it properly the better off a students overall health will be.

“We’re going to have a return to play protocol that was put out by New York State. They have to be symptom free and then after a 24-hour time period after being symptom free they’ll have complete rest, no resistance training and step two would be light aerobic exercise, no resistance training, wait another 24-hours, sports specific another 24-hours… So even after a doctor clears we’re going to say that they need those six says to be able to come back,” said Bromley.

Bromley said he’s sure some athletes’ won’t be happy if they can’t play their sport for a while, but tuff luck. He said the school is putting safety first.

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