Public Health Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-185

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE TO PARENTS OF STUDENT ATHLETES ABOUT CONCUSSIONS AND HEAD INJURIES.

Vote Date:

3/9/2012

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Change of Reference to Education

PH Date:

3/7/2012

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Health Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To require the State Board of Education (BOE) in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health to develop and approve a written statement to inform parents and legal guardians of student athletes involved in intramural or interscholastic athletic activities regarding concussions and head injuries.

To require persons holding or issued a coaching permit by the State BOE and is a coach of intramural or interscholastic athletics to provide parents or legal guardians the above described written statement and obtain their signature attesting to the fact that they have received a copy of the statement and authorize the student athlete to participate in athletic activity.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

No Response

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Candito Carroccia, D.C. DABCN, CT Chiropractic Association: The CT Chiropractic Association supports the bill, but they are requesting an addition to the original statute that allows chiropractors to join the list of licensed healthcare professionals who examine and clear student athletes for athletic activity because they have experience treating patients with head injuries and should not have to refer patients.

CT State Medical Society (CSMS), Connecticut Chapters of the American College of Physicians, and American College of Surgeons:The CT State Medical Society supports the bill, but they are requesting a modification to the original statute that removes the requirement for the licensed healthcare professional to be “trained in the evaluation and management of concussions” because of the varied interpretations proliferated by local school boards.

Deb Shulansky, Director, Brain Injury Alliance of CT: The Brain Injury Alliance supports the bill because it will raise awareness among parents and legal guardians and increase the likelihood of prevention.

Fred Balsamo, CMAA; Executive Director, CT Assoc of Athletic Directors: CT Association of Athletic Directors supports the bill conditionally. They will only support if the language in the written statement must be signed by the student and merged into the current consent form available.

Joan-Alice Taylor, President, CT Physical Therapy Association: CT Physical Therapy Association supports the bill and encourages the educating of parents, coaches, teachers, and student athletes about concussions.

Vicky Graham, ATC, President, CT Athletic Trainers' Association

CT Athletic Trainers' Association supports the bill and suggests the addition of language that informs student athletes of the signs and symptoms of concussions.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Presented

Reported by: Peninnah L. Bonhomme

Date: March 12, 2012