New Jersey Law Will Require Concussion Education, Physicians Notes for Student Athletes

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New Jersey will sign into law comprehensive concussion prevention and treatment law to be implemented by the 2011-2012 academic year, focusing on athletic head injury safety programs, according to a New Jersey Today report.

The State Department of Education and the Department of Health and Senior Services will be responsible for developing and implanting the program, which includes public education courses on the warning signs and symptoms of head and neck injuries. Training will also include information about returning to play after incurring a concussion.

The law also requires the Department to provide a fact sheet on concussions and head injuries to student athletes and their parents. School districts are required to receive signed acknowledgement from a parent or guardian regarding the risks of head injury before student athletes are allowed to participate.

School districts are also responsible for developing written policies and safety standards for treating sports-related concussions. The law will require any player who incurs a concussion or is suspected of having a concussion removed from play until he or she has received written clearance from a physician.

Read the New Jersey Today report on concussion legislation.

Read other coverage on concussion legislation:

- As Concussion Injuries Rise, NFL Imposes Fines for Unnecessary Roughness Regulations

- Congress Considering Student Athlete Concussion

- Pennsylvania House of Representatives Passes Safety in Youth Sports Act

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