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New Concussion Safety Law
Education Code 49475, formerly Assembly Bill 25, addresses concussion in high school athletics and was recently signed into law by the Governor. This is a measure the CATA sponsored last year and supported this year, with the NFL being the primary sponsors. The new state law is fundamentally similar to the CIF rule that came into play last year. It states:
“This bill would require a school district that elects to offer athletic programs to immediately remove from a school-sponsored athletic activity for the remainder of the day an athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury during that activity. The bill would prohibit the return of the athlete to that activity until he or she is evaluated by, and receives written clearance from, a licensed health care provider, as specified. The bill would require, on a yearly basis, a concussion and head injury information sheet to be signed and returned by the athlete and the athlete’s parent or guardian before the athlete’s initiating practice or competition.”
Education Code 49475 became active on January 1st, 2012. The role of the athletic trainer regarding concussion management has not changed with this new law. However, athletes and their parent/guardian must sign a concussion and head injury information sheet annually prior to the beginning of the season. An example of the information sheet as well as policies for concussion management may be found on the CIF Website at http://www.cifstate.org/index.php/the-latest-news/concussions.