CONCUSSIONS AND HEAD INJURIES
A new concussion law in California was enacted on January 1st, 2017. It is an amendment of a previous law that covered high school athletes that now covers all athletes under the age of 18. Its’ purpose is to provide specific safety protocols in order to protect athletes from injury.
Currently, in California, an athlete suspected of having a concussion, must be removed from play for the rest of the day or until evaluated by a licensed health care provider. The athlete may not return to athletic activity until they receive written clearance by a licensed health care provider. If an athlete is diagnosed with a concussion, he or she must go through a graduated return to play protocol of no less than seven days under the supervision of a licensed health care provider. This is not a new to many Athletic Trainers and Physicians but may seem new to the general public. The gradual return is a step by step process to ensure a safe return and starts with light aerobic exercise progressing through sport-specific exercises under the guidance of qualified personnel.
The new law aims at making sports safer by using education and preparation in regards to the signs and symptoms of concussion as well as proper management and return to play protocols. The law provides that educational material must be provided to all athletes, coaches, and parents on a yearly basis.
The club Concussion and Head Injury Policy that is embedded in the Davis Legacy Concussion and Head Injury Information Sheet, which is also provided to all parents and players as part of their registration with Davis Legacy, and a second detailed information sheet from the American Academy of Neurology, are available for your download below:
Club Concussion and Head Injury Policy further requires that each coach and director on an annual basis take the Center for Disease Control “HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports” online training. Upon completion of the online training, please upload and submit your certificate of completion to the Davis Legacy Soccer Director of Adminisration and Finance
You can access the online training here:
Submit your certificate here