Brown Signs Concussion Rules for Athletes at Private, Charter Schools
On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill (AB 588) that requires student athletes at private and charter schools to follow the same concussion procedures as public schools, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Concussion Rules for Public Schools
Since 2012, public schools in California have been required to immediately remove a student from an activity if she or he is suspected of having a concussion or head injury. Under the rules, such students only can return to the activity once a licensed health care professional has cleared them of the injury.
In a statement, Assembly member Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) -- sponsor of AB 588 -- said, "Our student athletes have not been equally protected from the dangers of concussion injury and reinjury," adding, "Now all pupils will be safer in the sports activities they enjoy" (Mason/McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, 9/30).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.