ACT 314 - Youth Concussion Act

Pursuant to ACT 314 of the 2011 Regular Legislative Session.  ACT 314 has three major requirements:

  1. Prior to beginning of each athletic season, provide pertinent information to all coaches, officials, volunteers, youth athletes, and their parents or legal guardian which informs of the nature and risk of concussion and head injury, including the risks associated with continuing to play after a concussion or head injury.
  2. Require each coach, whether such coach is employed or a volunteer, and every official of a youth activity that involves interscholastic play to complete an annual concussion recognition education course.
  3. Requires as a condition of participation in any athletic activities that the youth athlete and the youth athlete’s parent or legal guardian sign a concussion and head injury information sheet which provides adequate notice of the statutory requirements which must be satisfied in order for an athlete who has or is suspected to have suffered a concussion or head injury to return to play.  ACT 314 gives the responsibility of compliance of the act to the governing authority of each public and nonpublic elementary school, middle school, junior high school, and high school.  

As a result of many requests from member schools of the LHSAA, the LHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee met and came up with some suggestions that may help member schools be in compliance with this law.  The Louisiana Athletic Trainer’s Association (LATA) Secondary School Committee encourages schools to utilize these suggestions.  The following documents and links have been provided to help you in your annual responsibility.  To remain in compliance, keep all signed documents on file at your school.

 

General Information

 

                                                                           

Coaches/Officials Information

  • A Coaches Concussion Statement (LHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee)
  • An Officials Concussion Statement (LHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee)

The following fact sheets can be accessed and downloaded at the CDC website:

· A Fact Sheet for Coaches

· A Sideline Sheet for Coaches

 
 

Student-Athletes/Parents Information

· A Parent’s Guide to Concussion in Sports (National Federation of State High School Association or NFHS)

· A Parent and Student-Athlete Concussion Statement (LHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee)

The following fact sheets can be accessed and downloaded at the CDC website:

· A Fact Sheet for Athletes

· A Fact Sheet for Parents

 

Physicians Information

The following resources can be accessed and downloaded at the CDC website:

· Facts for Physicians booklet

· Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Forms

· Concussion in Sports palm card

           

**To help meet the education course aspect of ACT 314, individuals can go to the NFHS website, www.nfhslearn.com, and click the link Concussion in Sports: What you need to Know, under Great Free Courses.

 

 

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