S00235 Summary:

SAME ASNo same as
Add S3001-e, Ed L
Relates to safety training and regulations for the recognition and management of head injuries occurring during school athletic activities.
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                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2013-2014 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 9, 2013
        Introduced  by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation  to  training  of  school
          athletic coaches in the recognition and management of head injuries

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Legislative intent. Concussions are one of the most common-
     2  ly reported injuries in children  and  adolescents  who  participate  in
     3  sports and recreational activities.  The centers for disease control and
     4  prevention estimates that as many as three million nine hundred thousand
     5  sports-related  and  recreation-related  concussions occur in the United
     6  States each year.
     7    A concussion is a type of brain injury that can  range  from  mild  to
     8  severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. It is caused by
     9  a  blow  or  motion  to  the  head or body that causes the brain to move
    10  rapidly inside the skull. The risk of catastrophic injuries or death  is
    11  significant  when  a concussion or head injury is not properly evaluated

    12  and managed.
    13    Concussions can occur in any organized or unorganized sport or  recre-
    14  ational  activity  and  can result from a fall or from players colliding
    15  with each other, the ground, or with obstacles. Concussions  occur  with
    16  or  without  loss of consciousness, but the vast majority occurs without
    17  loss of consciousness.
    18    Continuing to play with a concussion or symptoms of head injury leaves
    19  the young athlete especially  vulnerable  to  greater  injury  and  even
    20  death.  Despite some increased recognition about the importance of diag-
    21  nosing and treating concussions, some affected youth athletes are prema-
    22  turely  returned  to  play,  which can have harmful and potentially even
    23  deadly results.   It is therefore  imperative  that  adults  supervising
    24  young  athletes  in school settings receive proper training to recognize

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  and evaluate concussions and other traumatic sport-related  injuries  in
     2  order to ensure the safety of New York's children who compete in school-
     3  related sports activities.
     4    §  2.  The  education law is amended by adding a new section 3001-e to
     5  read as follows:
     6    § 3001-e. Head injury recognition training for coaches of  extra-class
     7  public  school  athletic activities and coaches of extra-class nonpublic
     8  school athletic activities. 1. (a) Coaches of extra-class public  school

     9  athletic activities and coaches of extra-class nonpublic school athletic
    10  activities shall receive training to learn how to recognize the symptoms
    11  of  a  concussion  and how to seek proper medical treatment for a person
    12  suspected of having a concussion.
    13    (b) The commissioner shall establish by  regulation,  in  consultation
    14  with  a  representative from the governing authority for interscholastic
    15  activities, a representative from the  state  organization  representing
    16  licensed  athletic  trainers,  a  representative  from the department of
    17  health knowledgeable in the subject matter  of  concussions,  and  other
    18  interested  parties  knowledgeable in the subject matter of concussions,
    19  the following provisions:

    20    (i) the minimum standards and requirements of the  training  described
    21  in  this  section, including a list of approved providers of such train-
    22  ing; and
    23    (ii) timelines and procedures to ensure that, to the extent  practica-
    24  ble, every coach receives the training described in this section; and
    25    (iii) qualifications required of licensed health care professionals to
    26  be permitted to provide medical releases as outlined in paragraph (b) of
    27  subdivision two of this section.
    28    (c) Implementation of regulations enacted pursuant to this subdivision
    29  shall not be made the responsibility of the employing school district or
    30  nonpublic  school  unless state funding or reimbursement is provided for
    31  associated costs.

    32    2. (a) A coach may not allow a member of a  school  athletic  team  to
    33  participate  in  any athletic event or training on the same day that the
    34  member:
    35    (i) exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion
    36  following an observed or suspected injury to the head or body; or
    37    (ii) has been diagnosed with a concussion.
    38    (b) A coach may allow a member  of  a  school  athletic  team  who  is
    39  prohibited  from  participating  in  an  athletic  event or training, as
    40  described in paragraph (a) of this subdivision,  to  participate  in  an
    41  athletic event or training no sooner than the day after the member expe-
    42  rienced an injury to the head or body and only after the member receives

    43  a  medical  release from a licensed health care professional with quali-
    44  fications as defined pursuant to subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (b)  of
    45  subdivision one of this section.
    46    §  3.  This  act shall take effect July 1, 2015 and shall apply to all
    47  school years commencing on or after such date; provided  that  effective
    48  immediately, the commissioner of education is authorized and directed to
    49  promulgate  all  rules and regulations and take all actions necessary to
    50  implement the provisions of this act on or before its effective date.
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