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Assembly Sends Concussion Training Bill to Governor Brown

August 9, 2012

On Monday, the California Assembly unanimously approved proposed legislation that would require high school coaches to receive training in concussions. The bill, which has now cleared its final legislative hurdle, now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The measure would require high school coaches to receive training every two years to help them recognize the signs of concussions in student athletes, and respond appropriately. The training could be acquired through free online instruction.

A recent study published in the Journal of Athletic Training found that U.S. high schools' two highest rates of concussions per 100,000 player games or practices occur in football, 47, and girl’s soccer, 36.

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Castro Valley) pushed AB 1451 through the Legislature in the wake of a separate bill (which became effective last January) that requires schools to remove from play, pending medical clearance, a student athlete who sustains a possible concussion.

Gov. Brown, after formally receiving AB 1451, will have 12 days to decide whether to sign or veto it. If he does neither, the measure would become law automatically without his signature, and take effect next January.

Source:  EdBrief staff