OSD catching up to dangers to athletes

After Monday, Oconee School District will likely have on paper a policy dealing with injuries to athletes caused by a bump or a blow to the head. At their meeting, the county trustees will take up a policy on concussions and student athletes. “Over the summer the state legislature passed a law that regulates public school districts had to pass policies and take precautions with head injuries and concussions. So, this policy is in response to that law,” said Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent for operations for the Oconee School District. Thorsland said his district is mindful of all the concern these days, especially in the National Football League, about concussions and how they can change the way the brain operates. A fact sheet for parents/legal guardians and student athletes says even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung” of what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.