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Concussion - LB 260

Basketball PlayersLB 260 requires schools and sports organizations to make available concussion training approved by the Chief Medical Officer of the Department.  LB260 also sets rules for return to play for an athlete suspected of having a concussion.

Schools and community sports organization must provide concussion information annually to students/athletes and parents before initiating practice or competition.

LB 260 requires an athelete be removed from a practice or game if there is a reasonable suspicion that he/she has sustained a concussion after observation by a coach or a licensed healthcare professional.

The school or sports organization is required to report these suspected concussions to the parent or guardian at the time of the injury, signs and symptoms of the injury and actions taken to treat the student.

An athlete may not return to play until they have been evaluated and received written clearance from a licensed health care professional who is trained in the evaluation and management of brain injuries among a pediatric population.

The requirements of this bill apply to any school, city, village, business, or nonprofit organization that organizes an athletic activity in which the athletes are nineteen year old or younger and fees are required to be paid.

The bill became law on July 1, 2012.