Concussions in Youth Athletes - Kansas
Governor Brownback signed SB33 into law on May 25, 2011. This law can be found at section 72-135 of the Kansas Code. Chapter 72 deals with schools. (Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-135).
This law requires the state board of Education and the state high school activities association to compile information on concussions and provide it to school districts and parents. If a student is suspected of sustaining a concussion, the student must be immediately removed from play and cannot return until they have been evaluated by a health care professional and received written clearance to play. The law also requires parents/guardians to sign a release regarding concussions before a student participates in any athletic activity.
The official version of this section is currently available online at:
On February 19, 2013, HB 2375 was introduced and on February 20, 2013 it was referred to the Health and Human Services Committee. As proposed, the bill would amend the definition of health care provider to include a chiropractor, optometrist, a licensed advanced practice registered nurse and a licensed physician assistant, but would not otherwise substantively change the existing statute.
The text of HB 2375 can be viewed online at: