California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the student safety bill, AB 1451, which will add training on concussions to the first aid certification required of all California high school coaches.
AB 1451 strengthens existing law by adding concussion education to the required first aid training of every high school sports coach. Coaches will learn the basic signs and symptoms of concussions and the appropriate response.
California became one of the states with the toughest return-to-play laws when AB 25 was signed by the Governor last year. The law requires a school district to immediately remove an athlete from a school-sponsored athletic activity if he or she is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury. Students are prohibited from returning to play until he or she is evaluated by, and receives written clearance from, a licensed health care provider.
These bills address concerns about players returning to the game too soon after a concussion, which places them at greater risk for life-threatening complications. A 2009 study showed that 41 percent of high school athletes who suffered a concussion returned to play too soon.