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Concussions in Youth Athletes - Alaska


The Alaska law is located at sections 14.30.142 through 14.30.143 of the Alaska Code, under the title dealing with education, libraries and museums and the chapter on pupil health. (Alaska Stat. § 14.30.142 through § 14.30.143).

The Alaska law found at §14.30.142, as amended, requires school districts to develop guidelines to inform and educate parents, students and coaches on concussions, including standards on the return to play. It requires schools to have a parent/guardian and student (under 18 years of age) to annually sign a written information sheet about concussions before participation. The law also mandates that a student suspected of sustaining a concussion must be immediately removed from practice or a game and may not return to play or practice until evaluated by an athletic trainer or other defined health care provider and given written clearance. This section also discusses the immunity of these health care providers. §14.30.143 discusses the immunity of school districts for injuries sustained by student athletes.

The entire official version of the Alaska Code is available online at: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/folio.asp (click on 2013 Alaska Statutes, click on Title 14, query 14.30.142 and click on link for 14.30.142 and scroll down for section 14.30.143)