By: MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE ON YOUTH ATHLETICS AND CONCUSSIONS. | March 5, 2015
It seems that every day we learn more about the damage concussions can do to young athletes. As adults, we have a responsibility to give each other the information and resources to deal with the prevention and treatment of concussions.
In 2010, Connecticut lawmakers responded to this issue by adopting An Act Concerning Student Athletes and Concussions, which addressed intramural and interscholastic public school athletics (primarily high school athletes). The Act required coaches to complete annual training on concussions and it required injured athletes to obtain medical clearance prior to returning to athletic activity. A recent study of the effects of this 2010 legislation shows that the law has been effective in significantly improving the diagnosis and treatment of concussions for athletes covered by the law.