A high school in Grand Junction, Colorado is implementing new rules concerning student concussions ahead of the state’s Senate Bill 40.
Senate Bill 40 is known as the Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act. The bill, which was signed into law on March 29 by Governor John Hickenlooper, requires that coaches of all youth organized sports for kids age 11-18 complete annual concussion recognition education. It also requires that a coach who suspects a youth athlete has sustained a concussion to remove the child from play or practice until a licensed health care provider clears them to return.
The law will not go into effect until next year, but Grand Junction High School says they are moving forward with a plan and making certain they are ready.
With an estimated 136,000 high school students diagnosed with a concussion each year, the school was eager to begin following the law.
“I think the plan we have right now meets all the criteria that is set forth in the law,” said GJHS athletic director Ned Pollert.
It looks to be just in time, with six students diagnosed with a concussion in the first month of this school year, and the number nearly tripling by November. Student athletes who suffer head trauma need to be extra careful – even a seemingly mild head injury can be serious.
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