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Monday, April 17th, 2017

When did the NJ Concussion Law go into effect?

December 7th, 2010

 

Who does this law apply to?

The NJ Concussion Law applies to school districts, athletic trainers, school physicians, coaches and athletes involved in interscholastic athletics.

 

Removal from Play:

Any student participating in interscholastic sports who sustains or is suspected of sustaining a concussion or other head injury must immediately be removed from play (practice or competition).

 

Return to Play:

Any athlete removed from play cannot be returned to participation until they have been evaluated by a physician or other licensed healthcare provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions, and given written clearance from a physician trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.

 

Training & Certifications:

School physicians, athletic trainers, and coaches involved in interscholastic sports programs must complete a head injury safety training program implemented by the NJ Department of Education.

Additionally, the State Board of Medical Examiners requires licensed athletic trainers to complete 24 credits of continuing education, including a specific number of credits on topics related to concussions and head injuries. Visit ATSNJ.org for more information.

 

Written Policy:

The NJ Concussion Law requires that each school district, charter, and non-public school that participates in interscholastic athletics adopt a concussion policy. This policy must be in place by the start of the 2011-2012 school year, and must address the recognition, prevention and treatment of sports-related concussion and other head injuries among student athletes. This policy is applicable to grades kindergarten through 12.

The Commissioner of Education has developed a model concussion policy to assist school districts in developing their written policies. Schools are required to review their policies annually, and update as necessary to ensure that the most current information available is included.

 

School District and Youth Sports Team Organization Liability:

According to the NJ Concussion Law, school districts are not liable for the actions of any youth sports organizations operating on school grounds, provided that they have obtained the following from the youth sports team organizations:

  • Proof of an insurance policy providing coverage of $50,000 (minimum) per person, per occurrence.

  • A statement of compliance with the school district or nonpublic school's policies for the management of concussion and other head injuries.

 

Resources:

NJ Commissioner of Education's Model Concussion Policy for School Districts

Sports-Related Concussion and Head Injury Fact Sheet and Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement Form

School District Concussion Policy Checklist - ATSNJ

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