Concussions in Youth Athletes - Iowa
Governor Branstad signed HF 581/SF 367 into law on April 7, 2011. This law can be found at section 280.13C of the Iowa Code under the title dealing with education and the chapter on school district and uniform requirements. (Iowa Code § 280.13C).
This law requires the state high school athletic association to distribute information to parents, coaches, students and others on concussions and requires school districts to annually provide forms to parents/guardians on concussions to be signed and returned to the school prior to any athletic participation by the student. Finally, any student suspected of sustaining a concussion must be immediately removed from the activity and cannot return until they have been evaluated by a health care professional and received written clearance to play.
Section 280.13 C of the Iowa Code is available online at:
http://search.legis.state.ia.us/nxt/gateway.dll/ic?f=templates&fn=default.htm (click on + sign for Iowa Code, click on + sign for Iowa Code 2013 twice, click + sign for Education and Cultural Affairs, click on + sign for School Districts and then Uniform Requirements and then click on 280.13c Brain Injury Policies)
On January 28, 2013, H.F. 69 was introduced and referred to the Education Committee on January 29, 2013. As proposed, H.F. 69 would apply to students engaged in interscholastic activity for grades 6 through 12 and add paragraph c to Section 280.13C requiring each coach to complete a basic course dealing with signs, symptoms, and behaviors consistent with concussions and other brain injuries in addition to response protocols. There has been no further action taken on H.F. 69 since its referral to committee.
The text of H.F. 69 can be viewed online at: