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PROTECTION OF ATHLETES WITH HEAD INJURIES

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Paul Ray

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Senate Sponsor: John L. Valentine

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill enacts the Protection of Athletes With Head Injuries Act within the Utah
             10      Health Code.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms;
             14          .    requires an amateur sports organization to:
             15              .    adopt and enforce a concussion and head injury policy; and
             16              .    inform a parent or legal guardian of the policy and obtain the parent's or legal
             17      guardian's signature on the policy before permitting a child to participate in a
             18      sporting event;
             19          .    describes the requirements of a concussion and head injury policy;
             20          .    requires removal of a child from a sporting event when the child is suspected of
             21      sustaining a concussion or traumatic head injury; and
             22          .    prohibits a child described in the preceding paragraph from participating in a
             23      sporting event of the amateur sports organization until the child receives medical
             24      clearance from a qualified health care provider trained in the evaluation and
             25      management of a concussion.
             26      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             27          None
             28      Other Special Clauses:
             29          None


             30      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             31      ENACTS:
             32          26-53-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33          26-53-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34          26-53-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35          26-53-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36     
             37      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             38          Section 1. Section 26-53-101 is enacted to read:
             39     
CHAPTER 53. PROTECTION OF ATHLETES WITH HEAD INJURIES ACT

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Part 1. General Provisions

             41          26-53-101. Title.
             42          This chapter is known as the "Protection of Athletes With Head Injuries Act."
             43          Section 2. Section 26-53-102 is enacted to read:
             44          26-53-102. Definitions.
             45          As used in this chapter:
             46          (1) "Agent" means a coach, teacher, employee, representative, or volunteer.
             47          (2) (a) "Amateur sports organization" means, except as provided in Subsection (2)(b):
             48          (i) a sports team;
             49          (ii) a public or private school;
             50          (iii) a public or private sports league;
             51          (iv) a public or private sports camp; or
             52          (v) any other public or private organization that organizes, operates, manages, or
             53      sponsors a sporting event for its members, enrollees, or attendees.
             54          (b) "Amateur sports organization" does not include a professional:
             55          (i) team;
             56          (ii) league; or
             57          (iii) sporting event.


             58          (3) "Child" means an individual who is under the age of 18.
             59          (4) "Qualified health care provider" means a health care provider who:
             60          (a) is licensed under Title 58, Occupations and Professions; and
             61          (b) may evaluate and manage a concussion within the health care provider's scope of
             62      practice.
             63          (5) (a) "Sporting event" means any of the following athletic activities that is organized,
             64      operated, managed, or sponsored by an organization:
             65          (i) a game;
             66          (ii) a practice;
             67          (iii) a sports camp;
             68          (iv) a physical education class;
             69          (v) a competition; or
             70          (vi) a tryout.
             71          (b) "Sporting event" does not include the issuance of a lift ticket or pass by a ski resort,
             72      the use of the ticket or pass, or a ski or snowboarding class or school at a ski resort, unless the
             73      skiing or snowboarding is part of a camp, team, or competition that is organized, managed, or
             74      sponsored by the ski resort.
             75          (6) "Traumatic head injury" means an injury to the head arising from blunt trauma, an
             76      acceleration force, or a deceleration force, with one of the following observed or self-reported
             77      conditions attributable to the injury:
             78          (a) transient confusion, disorientation, or impaired consciousness;
             79          (b) dysfunction of memory;
             80          (c) loss of consciousness; or
             81          (d) signs of other neurological or neuropsychological dysfunction, including:
             82          (i) seizures;
             83          (ii) irritability;
             84          (iii) lethargy;
             85          (iv) vomiting;


             86          (v) headache;
             87          (vi) dizziness; or
             88          (vii) fatigue.
             89          Section 3. Section 26-53-201 is enacted to read:
             90     
Part 2. Concussion and Head Injury Policy

             91          26-53-201. Adoption and enforcement of concussion and head injury policy --
             92      Notice of policy to parent or guardian.
             93          Each amateur sports organization shall:
             94          (1) adopt and enforce a concussion and head injury policy that:
             95          (a) is consistent with the requirements of Section 26-53-301 ; and
             96          (b) describes the nature and risk of:
             97          (i) a concussion or a traumatic head injury; and
             98          (ii) continuing to participate in a sporting event after sustaining a concussion or a
             99      traumatic head injury;
             100          (2) ensure that each agent of the amateur sports organization is familiar with, and has a
             101      copy of, the concussion and head injury policy; and
             102          (3) before permitting a child to participate in a sporting event of the amateur sports
             103      organization:
             104          (a) provide a written copy of the concussion and head injury policy to a parent or legal
             105      guardian of a child; and
             106          (b) obtain the signature of a parent or legal guardian of the child, acknowledging that
             107      the parent or legal guardian has read, understands, and agrees to abide by, the concussion and
             108      head injury policy.
             109          Section 4. Section 26-53-301 is enacted to read:
             110     
Part 3. Medical Clearance

             111          26-53-301. Removal of child suspected of sustaining concussion or a traumatic
             112      head injury -- Medical clearance required before return to participation.
             113          (1) An amateur sports organization, and each agent of the amateur sports organization,


             114      shall:
             115          (a) immediately remove a child from participating in a sporting event of the amateur
             116      sports organization if the child is suspected of sustaining a concussion or a traumatic head
             117      injury; and
             118          (b) prohibit the child described in Subsection (1)(a) from participating in a sporting
             119      event of the amateur sports organization until the child:
             120          (i) is evaluated by a qualified health care provider who is trained in the evaluation and
             121      management of a concussion; and
             122          (ii) provides the amateur sports organization with a written statement from the
             123      qualified health care provider described in Subsection (1)(b)(i) stating that:
             124          (A) the qualified health care provider has, within three years before the day on which
             125      the written statement is made, successfully completed a continuing education course in the
             126      evaluation and management of a concussion; and
             127          (B) the child is cleared to resume participation in the sporting event of the amateur
             128      sports organization.
             129          (2) This section does not create a new cause of action.


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