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Play Smart, Your Brain Matters

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DC Concussion Awareness

This year, Children’s National Health System and MedStar Sports Medicine were chosen as the first in the nation to receive funding from the Washington, DC, Department of Health, to establish a concussion awareness training program, that will help enforce the protocols of the District’s Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011.

The Act:

The concussion law applies to athletes 18 years old or younger in the District of Columbia. It requires athletes be removed from practice or play following a suspected concussion, and only allows them to return after written clearance by a licensed healthcare provider who is experienced in the evaluation and management of concussions.

The Program:

Children’s National and MedStar, will be working with local organizations to host District-wide events bringing together youth, student athletes, athletic program administrators, coaches, school nurses, and parents, to talk about the identification of concussions and when it is safe to return to working, playing,  and learning. The partners are:

  • Washington, DC, Department of Health
  • Washington, DC’s Department of Parks and Recreation 
  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • Brain Injury Association of Washington, DC 
  • Children’s School Services through Children’s National

In addition to hosting trainings and raising awareness, this program will help to address the communication between primary care providers and emergency department physicians. Health Information Technology Solutions (HITS) for Kids will be working in the background of this program to ensure open communications and follow up care between an athlete’s parents, emergency and primary care physicians. HITS for Kids is an initiative to improve concussion care for children using information technology and is the first of its kind.

The partners also will be conducting an evaluation to look at concussion knowledge and awareness among adults involved in youth sports and activities in the District of Columbia.

Past Events

Past Events

  • May 11: Winners for Life Series Scholar Athletes to Successful Learners 
  • July 25: MedStar Family Choice Family Fun Day
  • July 25: Department of Parks and Recreation Recreation Day 
  • July 30: Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Sports Camp Day
  • August 20: MedStar Family Choice Family Fun Day
  • August 22: DCTV Community Day
  • August 22: Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation Back to School Fair
  • August 29: Department of Parks and Recreation Opening Day 
  • September 12: OSSE Student-Athlete and College Cost Workshop 
  • September 13: American University Neighborhood Back to School Picnic 
  • September 18: Department of Parks and Recreation Park(ing) Day
  • September 18: AT&T Nation’s Football Classic Pepsi Fan Festival 
  • September 20: TTOP Block Party
  • September 25: HD Woodson vs Ballou Football Game
  • September 26: DC Stoddert Soccer
  • June 18: Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Staff “All Hands” Training 
  • July 28: OSSE Rules Interpretation Meeting 
  • August 6: DCPS Athletic Trainers Beginning of the School Year Meeting 
  • August 10: Children’s School Services’ 2015 Virginia Lee Lintott Summer Institute “School Nurses: Focusing on Child-Centered Care”
  • August 11: OSSE Rules Interpretation Meeting 
  • August 17: DC Stoddert Soccer 
  • August 18: OSSE Rules Interpretation Meeting
  • August 19: DC Stoddert Soccer
  • August 19: St. Johns College High School 
  • August 29: Department of Parks and Recreation Opening Day 
  • September 23: DC PAY Grantees 
  • September 24: DC Stoddert Soccer
  • September 29: Cesar Chavez 
  • September 29: Georgetown Day School 
Contact Information

Contact Information

Timothy Phillips

Justin Cooper