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Concussion Awareness Act

Basketball PlayersThe Concussion Awareness Act requires schools and sports organizations to make available concussion training approved by the Chief Medical Officer of the Department.  The act 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.

The Concussion Awareness Act requires an athlete 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 Concussion Awareness Act became law on July 1, 2012.

The law was amended, effective July 18, 2014, to include a return to learn provision.  The return to learn protocol recognizes that students who have sustained a concussion and returned to school may need informal or formal accommodations, modifications of curriculum, and monitoring by medical or academic staff until the student is fully recovered.  It requires schools to establish a return to learn protocol.

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