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Policy Corner: California Concussion Law Signed; CDC Update

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi’s concussion bill Oct. 4, making California the 31st state to enact legislation based on the Zackery Lystedt Law. With millions of youth athletes now better protected by these policies, attention turns toward implementation.

ACSM is working with numerous organizations, not only to pass youth concussion laws in every state, but to help school districts, youth sports organizations and health care providers put them into action. Most laws call for evaluation by “a licensed medical provider knowledgeable in the diagnosis and treatment of concussion,” which underscores the need for access to professionals with appropriate experience and training. Efforts under way include expanding opportunities for professional education and, eventually, credentialing for diagnosis and management of sports-related concussion.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control remains the definitive source for evidence-based, cost-free information relating to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of concussion. School districts and youth sports organizations CDC materials for concussion education required by concussion laws. Last week, the CDC announced plans to develop guidelines for traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents. more


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