OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-456

AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENT ATHLETES AND CONCUSSIONS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 11 $

FY 12 $

Local and Regional School Districts

Potential Cost

Minimal

Minimal

Explanation

Section 1 of the bill establishes a training program about head injuries and concussions, and requires those individuals holding coaching permits to take an initial training course and a refresher course every five years. It is not clear who would be responsible for paying for the training course. If individual coaches assumed the cost of the additional training, there would be no additional cost to local and regional school districts. However, if individual coaches did not assume the additional cost, there would be an increased cost to local and regional school districts associated with the additional training, which could be incorporated into the annual professional development schedule for coaches. It is anticipated that incorporating head injury and concussion training into the annual professional development schedule would result in a minimal cost to local and regional school districts, associated with the need to hire additional trainers at a cost of approximately $75-$100 per hour.

Section 1 also requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to develop or approve the training course mentioned above. It is anticipated that this will not result in an additional cost to SBE.

Section 2 of the bill, which requires a coach to immediately take an athlete out of a game, competition, or practice if the athlete shows signs of a concussion, after a perceived or suspected head injury, or if the athlete has been diagnosed with a concussion, is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

Sources:

Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference