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Concussions in Youth Athletes - Nevada

Nevada

The Nevada law has three (3) different sections. § 455A.200 provides that each organization for youth sports that sanctions or sponsors competitive sports for youths must adopt a policy concerning the prevention and treatment of injuries to the head and that to the extent practicable, the policy must be consistent with the policy adopted by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, as described below. The policy must require that if a youth sustains, or is suspected of sustaining, a head injury from the competitive sport and may only return to the competitive sport if the parent or legal guardian provides a signed statement from a health care provider indicating that the youth is medically cleared for participation in the competitive sport and the date on which the youth may return to the competitive sport. A youth is defined as a person under the age of 18 years old. Section 455A.200 was amended to expand the definition of “Provider of Health Care to include an advanced practice registered nurse and is effective January 1, 2018. § 385B.080 (formerly § 386.435) requires the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association to adopt a policy on head injuries that may occur during a pupil’s participation in interscholastic activities requiring that the athlete be removed immediately upon sustaining an injury to the head or being suspected of sustaining a head injury and thereafter the parent or legal guardian must provide a signed statement from a health care provider indicating that the pupil is medically cleared for participation and the date on which the pupil may return to the activity or event, and that annually before participating, the pupil and parent/guardian must return a form acknowledging receipt of information on concussions. § 392.452 requires each school district to develop a concussion prevention policy for all competitive sports not governed by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, each school district must adopt a concussion prevention policy, which should be consistent with the policies under the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. The policy must require that if a pupil sustains a head injury or is suspected of sustaining a head injury, they must be immediately removed and may not return to competitive sport until given written clearance by a health care provider. The policy must also require the pupil and parents/guardians to annually sign a concussion information sheet before their child participates in the sport or activity.

The official versions of these sections may be viewed online at:

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Legal/LawLibrary/NRS/NRS-392.html

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Legal/LawLibrary/NRS/NRS-455A.html

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-385B.html#NRS385BSec080

The following websites offer additional information regarding Nevada concussion law:

http://www.niaa.com/sports/niaa_releases/concussion_policy

http://caring4concussions.org/

http://www.niaa.com/forms/forms-new