• Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act


    The Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act was drafted and implemented to protect the safety of student-athletes in North Carolina and was signed into law on June 16, 2011 by Governor Beverly Purdue. There are three major areas of focus in the law and these include: education, emergency action and postconcussion protocol implementation, and clearance/return to play or practice following concussion. A copy of the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act is available here (PDF - 74 kb). Each school should maintain documentation that they are in compliance with the law. 

    This web site contains information and materials to be used by high schools and middle schools and medical professionals to comply with the law. At the bottom of the page are links for each major requirement stated in the law. This website includes forms, materials, and examples for schools to enable them to implement these changes into their schools or practices.

    The Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act Resource Packet (item 10 below) contains a checklist to help guide your school through the compliance process. You can also read and print each of the individual items of the resource packet by clicking on the links at the top of this page. If you or someone at your school has questions about the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act, please email gfellerwaller@unc.edu.


    Below is a list of all Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act materials. Direct links to these materials for ease of reading and printing are also provided.

    1)Gfeller-Waller Law Compliance Information and Checklist Click here

    2) Student-Athlete & Parent/Legal Custodian Education & Statement Form Click here

    3) School Representative (parent/coach/volunteer/school nurse/first responder) Education & Statement Form Click here

    4) Guidelines for an Emergency Action Plan Click here

    5) Sample Emergency Action Plan Click here

    6) Postconcussion Protocol Click here

    7)Management Packet with Return to Play Written Clearance Form Click here

    8)Student-Athlete & Parent/Legal Custodian Education & Statement Form (Spanish Version) Click here