The sixth right of parents under the Parent's Concussion Bill of Rights is therefore the right to receive written notice of injuries suffered by their child and to provide written consent before their child is allowed to return to play.
In the case of concussions, parents should be provided with:
- information on post-concussion signs and symptoms and signs of deteriorating mental status to watch out for in the first 24 to 48 hours after concussion,
- instructions on follow-up care, including the need for cognitive rest (i.e. no homework, no school), and
- the steps their child must complete, after all symptoms have cleared, in order to qualify for a return to play.
Implementing these notice and written consent requirements will, by itself, prompt all of the stakeholders to take every injury to an athlete with the appropriate degree of seriousness.