I would like to thank the Governor for signing this bill and taking California another step forward in protecting the health of our student athletes.
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) August 17, 2012
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) announced today that Governor Jerry Brown has signed her student safety bill, AB 1451. AB 1451 will add training on concussions to the first aid certification required of all California high school coaches.
“I would like to thank the Governor for signing this bill and taking California another step forward in protecting the health of our student athletes,” stated Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi. “Because kids still believe they need to be tough and play through injuries, it’s critical that coaches have the training to recognize concussions and take players out of the game as soon as possible.”
AB 1451 strengthens existing law by adding concussion education to the required first aid training of every high school sports coach. Coaches will learn the basic signs and symptoms of concussions and the appropriate response.
California became one of the states with the toughest return-to-play laws when Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi’s groundbreaking concussion bill, AB 25, was signed by the Governor last year. The law 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.
Injuries can happen with any sport. These bills address concerns about players returning to the game too soon after a concussion, which places them at greater risk for life-threatening complications. A 2009 study showed that 41 percent of high school athletes who suffered a concussion return to play too soon.
Without proper diagnosis and injury management, concussions can lead to a wide-range of short and long-term issues, including sleep disorders, memory loss, and depression.
Assemblywoman Mary 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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