S00235 Summary:

BILL NO    S00235 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    SQUADRON

COSPNSR    HASSELL-THOMPSON

MLTSPNSR   

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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S00235 Actions:

BILL NO    S00235 

01/09/2013 REFERRED TO EDUCATION
01/08/2014 REFERRED TO EDUCATION
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S00235 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                          235

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                   I N  S E N A T E

                                      (PREFILED)

                                    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.
                                                                  LBD00207-01-3
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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    S  2.  The  education law is amended by adding a new section 3001-e to
    5  read as follows:
    6    S 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    S  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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