Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports
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.
As a benefit of belonging to Nebraska State Soccer we have created this concussion website to help our Affiliate Member Clubs and Leagues comply with the law.
There are 3 primary components to the Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act:
(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:
(a) must be removed from participation, and
(b) may not return to participation until evaluated by appropriate licensed health care professional, and,
Written & Signed Clearance for Return to Play (RTP) – an athlete having been removed from participation for the purpose of presenting with signs or symptoms or “reasonably suspected” of having sustained a concussion must have, before RTP or participation is allowed by a coach:
(a) written and signed clearance from an appropriate licensed health care professional trained in the evaluation and management of traumatic brain injuries among a pediatric population, and
(b) written and signed clearance from the athlete’s parents/legal guardians.
Fast Facts -
•A concussion is a brain injury and all are serious.
•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.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
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.