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Concussion Awareness Act

The following information was taken from the Nebraska Legislative Bill labeled “The Concussion Awareness Act” revised June 2014

(1) Any city, village, business, or nonprofit organization that organizes an athletic activity in which the athletes are nineteen years of age or younger and are required to pay a fee to participate in the athletic activity or whose cost to participate in the athletic activity is sponsored by a business or nonprofit organization shall:

Provide information on concussions and brain injuries to all coaches and athletes and to a parent or guardian of each athlete that shall include, but need not be limited to:
An athlete who participates in an athletic activity under subsection (1) of this section shall be removed from a practice or game when he or she is reasonably suspected of having sustained a concussion or brain injury in such practice or game after observation by a coach or a licensed health care professional. Such athlete shall not be permitted to participate in any supervised athletic activities involving physical exertion, including, but not limited to, practices or games, until the athlete (i) has been evaluated by a licensed health care professional, (ii) has received written and signed clearance to resume participation in athletic activities from the licensed health care professional, and (iii) has submitted the written and signed clearance to resume participation in athletic activities to the city, village, business, or nonprofit organization that organized the athletic activity accompanied by written permission to resume participation from the athlete’s parent or guardian.
Licensed health care professional means a physician or licensed practitioner under the direct supervision of a physician, a certified athletic trainer, a neuropsychologist, or some other qualified individual who (a) is registered, licensed, certified, or otherwise statutorily recognized by the State of Nebraska to provide health care services and (b) is trained in the evaluation and management of traumatic brain injuries among a pediatric population.

Links & Resources

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Concussion Release Form
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