The Nebraska State Legislature passed LB 260, the Concussion Awareness Act. The new Concussion law which goes into effect July 1, 2012.
Basically there are three components of this new law:
- All sports organizations that charge a fee for participants 19 years and younger are required to provide information on concussions to the participants and their parents or guardians. This can be done by any means, ie e-mail, on-line link or included with practice information.
- It also requires that coaches have training made available. All of this information is available and free on line at www.dhhs.ne.gov/concussions. The law does not mandate you keep records of who completes the training- just that it is made available to the coaches so they understand the impact and signs and symptoms of concussion.
- If an athlete is diagnosed with a concussion they must be cleared by a medical professional before they return to play.
Here are some links for all involved with Hastings Baseball – Coaches, Parents and Athletes.
CONCUSSION TRAINING FOR COACHES – The CDC’s Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative offers information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. The online training course is filled with great information on concussions, and it lasts approx. 30 minutes. All coaches and parents should take a look at it.
- Concussion in Sports—What You Need to Know
- ConcussionWise (Courses for Coaches, Athletes, and Parents are free. There is a fee for courses for Athletic Trainers, Physicians, and Nurses.)
Important Information for Parents
CDC Parent Fact Sheet – Includes what is a concussion, signs and symptoms of a concussion, prevention, and what should you do.
Important Information for Athletes
CDC Athlete Fact Sheet – Includes what is a concussion, symptoms of a concussion, prevention, and what should I do.
Important Information for Coaches
CDC Coach Fact Sheet – Includes what is a concussion, recognizing, signs and symptoms, prevention and preparation, and action plan if you suspect a concussion.