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Concussions in Youth Athletes - California


Already existing law found in the Cal Education Code (Cal. Educ. Code Section 35179.1 (c)(6), known as the 1998 California High School Coaching Education and Training Program requires that coaches be certified in CPR and first aid and have a basic understanding of the signs and symptoms of concussions and the appropriate response to concussions. Governor Brown signed AB 25 into law on October 4, 2011, which can be found at sections 38131(6) and 49475 of the Education Code. (Cal. Educ. Code § 38131(6)). On September 30, 2013, AB 588 was approved by the governor and expanded the applicability §49475 to charter and private schools.

This law provides that if a school district, charter school or private school offers an athletic program, any athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion must be removed immediately from the activity for the rest of the day. The student is not permitted to return to activity until cleared in writing by a health care professional. Parents/guardians of any student wishing to participate in an athletic activity are required to annually sign a concussion information sheet before the student can participate. This law also applies to recreational activities taking place on school owned grounds which are not sponsored or part of school run activities.

The official versions of sections 38131(6), 35179.1 and 49475 are currently available online at:

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=EDC§i onNum=38131.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=EDC§i onNum=35179.1.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=EDC§i onNum=49475.

There is currently no legislation pending to amend this statute.