Senator JOSEPH F. VITALE
District 19 (Middlesex)
Senator JIM WHELAN
District 2 (Atlantic)
Allows any licensed healthcare provider trained in evaluation and management of concussions to provide written return to play clearance for student-athlete who has sustained a head injury.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning student-athlete head injuries and amending P.L.2010, c.94.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Section 4 of P.L.2010, c.94 (C.18A:40-41.4) is amended to read as follows:
4. A student who participates in an interscholastic sports program and who sustains or is suspected of having sustained a concussion or other head injury while engaged in a sports competition or practice shall be immediately removed from the sports competition or practice. A student-athlete who is removed from competition or practice shall not participate in further sports activity until he is evaluated by a physician or other licensed healthcare provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions, and receives written clearance from a physician or other licensed healthcare provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions to return to competition or practice.
(cf: P.L.2010, c.94, s.4)
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Currently, a physician or other licensed healthcare provider can evaluate a student-athlete who was removed from sports activity due to a concussion or other head injury, but only a physician can provide the written clearance for that student-athlete to return to competition or practice. This bill amends the law to allow any licensed healthcare provider, who is trained in the evaluation and management of concussions, to provide written clearance.