Governor Signs Concussion Bill
On Monday, Governor Beshear signed HB 281, the interscholastic sports concussion bill, into law at Central High School. The bill requires middle and high school coaches to complete training on recognizing and treating concussions and head injuries. It also mandates that after suffering a concussion a student cannot practice or compete until he or she is medically evaluated again.
Dr. Tad Seifert and members of Norton Healthcare's team have worked extensively with the bill's sponsor State Representative Joni Jenkins and Mary Haas and Chell Austin of the Brain Injury Alliance of KY (BIAK) to draft and pass this legislation to keep students safe.
Besides training for coaches, the law provides that educational materials on how to recognize the symptoms and seek proper medical care for concussion victims will be made available to students, parents, and the general public. Norton Sports Health took the lead last fall by creating concussion awareness posters for locker rooms and concussion symptom cards for coaches and distributed these educational materials through Jefferson County Public Schools. They also wrote and implemented a concussion management plan and policy for JCPS. Theses materials were used as a model for this legislation and will now be made available to students statewide. The protections will take effect in the 2012-2013 school year.
Congratulations to Dr. Tad Seifert, his team and Norton Sports Health for a job well done.