“Concussions can be life-threatening, and it’s vital to train coaches to recognize the symptoms and learn the appropriate steps to protect the health of our student athletes.” --Assembly Member Hayashi.
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) April 26, 2012
Assembly Member Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) announced that her bill, AB 1451, passed the California State Assembly. AB 1451 will add training on concussions to the CPR and first aid certification required of all California high school coaches. The bill is now in the Senate.
“Concussions can be life-threatening, and it’s vital to train coaches to recognize the symptoms and learn the appropriate steps to protect the health of our student athletes,” stated Assembly Member Hayashi. “If kids continue to play with a head injury, not only are they at risk for brain damage, they can face serious problems like memory loss, sleep disorders, and depression.”
Assembly Member Hayashi’s groundbreaking concussion bill, AB 25, was signed by the Governor in 2011 and went into effect this year. It requires a school district to immediately remove an athlete from a school-sponsored athletic activity if he or she is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury. Students are prohibited from returning to play until he or she is evaluated by, and receives written clearance from, a licensed health care provider.
AB 1451 strengthens existing law, by training coaches to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions and to take the proper steps to deal with these potentially life-threatening injuries.
Each year, emergency departments treat an estimated 173,285 sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, among children and adolescents from birth to 19 years. During the last decade, visits for sports- and recreation-related brain injuries among children and adolescents increased by 60 percent.
Assembly Member Hayashi is the Chair of the Business, Professions, and Consumer Protection Committee and serves the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and Sunol.
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