Concussion Release Law Passes Amid Heated Debate

The law will allow a larger range of medical professions, from chiropractors to physical therapists, to approve a youth athlete to play after a head injury, if they undergo an education module. Athletic trainers were removed from the bill, despite protests from Senate President Peter Courtney.

The Legislature passed the bill expanding the provider types who can release a student athlete for play after a concussion, but not before the bill stripped athletic trainers from the list of eligible providers.

Bill Expanding Concussion Release Law Faces Resistance in House

Senate Bill 1547 passed the Senate unanimously despite a lengthy list of opponents, including the Oregon Medical Association. It adds a training regimen for non-physicians if they wish to be authorized to approve a youth athlete to return to play after a head injury.

A proposed change to the law allowing youth athletes to be returned to play after a concussion passed the House Health Committee on Friday after a heated debate in the committee on Wednesday that delayed the vote.

Liability Concerns Jeopardize Bill to Protect Child Athletes from Concussions

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Republicans throw up concerns about legal liability to volunteer coaches and referees if they become responsible for children who suffer concussions on the playfield. SB 721 expands Max’s Law, which protects high school athletes, to youth leagues.

May 22, 2013 — A bill that would apply Max’s Law to non-school sports teams hit a snag in Wednesday’s House Health Committee when Republicans raised concerns about the liability it might give to volunteer coaches, referees and umpires who overlook a child’s concussion.

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