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We circle back to the youth sports concussion law (Senate Bill 40, or the “Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act“) that took effect on January 1, 2012 and puts safety measures in place to help young athletes who suffer from a head injury while playing sports. So, what are the requirements? What does it specifically mean to you as a coach?
As a parent, this is what you should expect from your son’s or daughter’s coach in 2012:
*The bill defines the following as healthcare providers who can determine if an athlete is ready to return to play: physicians, neuropsychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners. The bill also permits certified athletic trainers to manage a concussed athlete’s gradual return to play after the athlete has been evaluated and received clearance to return to play from a healthcare provider.
Written by: Bridget Thrower Younger, MED, ATC, Program Coordinator Sports Medicine, Orthopedics Institute, Children’s Hospital Colorado.