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Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act

Nebraska Law: Concussion Awareness Act

The Concussion Awareness Act became law in Nebraska on July 1, 2012.  It requires that all public, private and parochial schools, as well as all organized youth sports sponsored by villages, cities, businesses, or non-profit organizations for children ages 19 and under, make available approved concussion training. The law has three requirements:

  1. EducationAll coaches, youth athletes, and their parent or guardian must be provided with education about the risks and symptoms of concussion and how to seek proper medical attention.

  2. Removal from PlayUnder any reasonable suspicion of concussion, coaches will remove youth athletes from play.

  3. Return to PlayYouth athletes will not be allowed to return to play including games, scrimmages, and practices of any kind, until written approval from an appropriate licensed healthcare professional AND the youth's parent or guardian are obtained. Licensed healthcare professional may be a physician, physician's assistant, nurse practitioner nurse, athletic trainer, neuropsychologist, or any licensed healthcare worker in Nebraska who is specifically trained in pediatric traumatic brain injury.

The law was amended, effective July 18, 2014, to include a return-to-learn provision. The return-to-learn protocol recognizes that students who have sustained a concussion and returned to school may need informal or formal accommodations, modifications of curriculum, and monitoring by medical or academic staff until the student is fully recovered. It requires schools to establish a return-to-learn protocol.

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