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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 07:33

Nevada AB455 - What You Need To Need Know for Local Youth Sports

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We recently asked a question on our Social Networks if any parents of local youth athletes had received any information from their leagues regarding the leagues policy concerning the prevention and treatment of injuries to the head which may occur during a youth’s participation in those competitive sports.

The overwhelming response was "NO". Unfortunately many local leagues and parents must not be familiar yet with Nevada AB455 and how it relates to sports outside of school and those outside the realm of the NIAA (Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association). The first sections of the bill that passed in May 2011 are specifically stated for School Sponsored activities. For many parents of High School athletes here in Nevada you may be aware of Nevada AB455 or at least the premise of it which we will get to in just a second.

Unfortunately for most people who have seen the bill they pretty much stopped when they thought the bill only concerned school sponsored activities but a little farther down is this in Section 2.2:

Sec. 2.2. Chapter 455A of NRS is hereby amended by adding thereto a new section to read as follows:

1. Each organization for youth sports that sanctions or sponsors competitive sports for youths in this State shall adopt a policy concerning the prevention and treatment of injuries to the head which may occur during a youth’s participation in those competitive sports, including, without limitation, a concussion of the brain. To the extent practicable, the policy must be consistent with the policy adopted by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association pursuant to section 1 of this act.

The policy must provide information concerning the nature and risk of injuries to the head which may occur during a youth’s participation in competitive sports, including, without limitation, the risks associated with continuing to participate in competitive sports after sustaining such an injury.

2. The policy adopted pursuant to subsection 1 must require that if a youth sustains or is suspected of sustaining an injury to the head while participating in competitive sports, the youth:

    (a) Must be immediately removed from the competitive sport; and

    (b) May return to the competitive sport if the parent or legal guardian of the youth provides a signed statement of a provider of health care indicating that the youth is medically cleared for participation in the competitive sport and the date on which the youth may return to the competitive sport.

3. Before a youth participates in competitive sports sanctioned or sponsored by an organization for youth sports in this State, the youth and his or her parent or legal guardian:

    (a) Must be provided with a copy of the policy adopted pursuant to subsection 1; and

    (b) Must sign a statement on a form prescribed by the organization for youth sports acknowledging that the youth and his or her parent or legal guardian have read and understand the terms and conditions of the policy.

4. As used in this section:

    (a) “Provider of health care” means a physician licensed under chapter 630 or 633 of NRS, a physical therapist licensed under chapter 640 of NRS or an athletic trainer licensed under chapter 640B of NRS.

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There you have it.... Now You Are Informed! Ask your league if they have their policy, if not tell them they need to, it's State Law!

Every league should have a policy in place stating any athlete who sustains any injury to the head MUST be removed from play and MUST NOT return to play until cleared by a licensed medical professional.

Read the Full Assembly Bill Here

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