On April 14th, 2012, Governor Heineman signed into law LB260, the Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act. This bill will take effect July 1, 2012. The bill affects athletes 19 years old or younger, sports organization, including youth leagues, club sports, or any organization sponsoring a sporting activity where there is a cost to participants or where such costs are sponsored must follow the law/act.
There are 3 primary components to the Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act:Education –
(a) concussion educational training must be made available to all coaches on how to recognize symptoms of a concussion, and how to seek proper medical treatment.
(b) Athletes and parents/legal guardians must be provided concussion information prior to an athlete’s participation on an annual basis that includes:
(i) signs & symptoms of a concussion,
(ii) risks posed by sustaining a concussion, and
(iii) actions an athlete should take in response to sustaining a concussion – including informing their coaches.
Removal of Athlete –
an athlete presenting with signs or symptoms of a concussion thereby being “reasonably suspected” of having sustained a concussion:
(b) may not return to participation until evaluated by appropriate licensed health care professional, and,
•Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
•Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.
What is a Concussion?
Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. So, all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.