Public Act No. 14-66

During the 2014 Legislative session the Connecticut General Assembly passed Public Act No. 14-66. That act, entitled "An Act Concerning Youth Athletics and Concussions", was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy on May 28th.

The law institutes a requirement for boards of education to implement concussion education plans for student-athletes and their parents:

"Each local or regional board of education shall implement such plan by utilizing written materials, online training or videos or in person training that address at minimum, (1) the recognition of signs and symptoms of concussion, (2) the means of obtaining proper medical treatment for a person suspected of sustaining a concussion, (3) the nature and risks of a concussion, including the danger in continuing to engage in athletic activity after sustaining a concussion, (4) the proper procedures for allowing a student who has sustained a concussion to return to athletic activity, and (5) current best practices in the prevention and treatment of a concussion".
Additionally, effective immediately, the law requires every parent and student MUST sign a consent form and that schools must notify parents whenever students exhibt the signs and symptoms of a concussion:
Public Act No. 14-66 requires that a coach MUST immediately remove a student-athlete from participating in any intramural or interscholastic athletic activity who (A) is observed to exhibit signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion following a suspected blow to the head or body, or (B) is diagnosed with a concussion, regardless of when such concussion may have occurred. Upon removal of the athlete a qualified school employee must notify the parent or legal guardian within 24 hours that the student-athlete has exhibited the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
Public Act No. 14-66 can be viewed here in its entirety.