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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.

Jenna’s Law Passes Legislature, Protecting Child Athletes from Repeat Concussions

The House Health Committee amended Senate Bill 721 to build in legal protections to volunteer coaches who act in good faith to comply with the bill’s intent, which is to educate them on the symptoms of concussions and keep children out of practice or games without medical consent.


June 11, 2013 — The Oregon Senate passed an extension of Max’s Law to provide head injury protections to child athletes who play sports outside of school.

Liability Concerns Jeopardize Bill to Protect Child Athletes from Concussions

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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