The Education Commission of the States, an organization that “tracks policy, translates research, provides unbiased advice and creates opportunities for state policymakers to learn from one another,” has provided analysis on how states are addressing the concussion issue.
Among the”national” highlights:
“With Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature on Jan. 20, 2014, all states have youth sports concussion laws.
About half the state laws require coaches to complete a concussion management training program, while 80 percent require coaches get information on recognizing concussions.
Thirteen states extend concussion law requirements to private entities, such as private schools or youth athletic leagues, in addition to public schools.
Twelve states offer immunity from civil liability to school districts and employees, officials, volunteers or medical personnel; six don’t create or modify liability.”
The report also highlights three mandates typically employed in state concussion laws:
“The laws require education for athletes, coaches and parents.
The laws require removal of a player if he or she is suspected of having a concussion.
The laws allow a return to play after at least 24 hours, contingent on the approval of a designated health professional.”
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