On April 14th, 2012, Governor Heineman signed into law LB260, the Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act. On July 1, 2012, the Concussion Awareness Act became law. All public, private, and parochial schools as well as all organized youth sports sponsored by villages, cities, businesses or non-profit organizations for children ages 19 and under are required to offer training regarding concussions to coaches.
The law passed by the Nebraska State Legislature has three requirements:
All coaches, youth athletes, and their parents or guardian must be provided with education about the risks and symptoms of concussion and how to seek proper medical attention.
Removal from Play
Under any reasonable suspicion of concussion, coaches will remove youth athletes from play.
Return to Play
Youth athletes will not be allowed to return to play including games, scrimmages, and practices of any kind until written approval from an appropriately-licensed healthcare professional AND the youth’s parent or guardian is obtained. Licensed healthcare professionals may be a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner nurse, athletic trainer, neuropsychologist, or any licensed healthcare worker in Nebraska who is specifically trained in pediatric traumatic brain injury.