TRENTON – Legislation to create an awareness program on the prevention, risk and treatment of sports-related brain injuries was advanced Monday by the Senate.
The bill was approved 78-0 by the Assembly in June and 38-0 by the Senate on Monday. It must return to the Assembly for final concurrence on amendments.
The bill (A-2743) would require the state Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the state Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, to develop an awareness program concerning the prevention, risk and treatment of sports related concussions and other brain injuries among student athletes.
The program would create a brain injury fact sheet – to be distributed annually to student-athletes, parents, coaches and athletic trainers – which would provide information concerning the prevention, symptoms and dangers of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries and would contain information on the appropriate amount of time to delay a student’s return to physical activity after sustaining such injury.
The program also would require school districts develop a written policy concerning the prevention and treatment of sports related concussions and other brain injuries to be used when it is suspected that a student athlete has sustained such an injury.
Additionally, the bill would require that any student athlete who sustains or is suspected of sustaining such an injury during practice or play be immediately removed from the game or practice. The student would not be able to participate in any further sports activity until evaluated by a physician trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and given written permission to return to physical activity.
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