ASSEMBLY, No. 1672

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2014 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  GORDON M. JOHNSON

District 37 (Bergen)

Assemblyman  CHARLES MAINOR

District 31 (Hudson)

Assemblyman  BENJIE E. WIMBERLY

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblyman  CARMELO G. GARCIA

District 33 (Hudson)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires youth sports team organizations to implement written head injury policies.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning head injuries and youth athletes and supplementing Title 5 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  a.  All youth sports team organizations shall implement a written policy concerning the prevention and treatment of sports-related concussions and other head injuries among youth athletes. 

     b.  The policies shall be consistent with the provisions of the model policy established by the Commissioner of Education pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2010, c.94 (C.18A:40-41.3) and shall include, but not be limited to: pre-season baseline testing of all youth athlete participants; provision of educational information on prevention of head injuries in youth athletes to parents or guardians of participants; training on early identification and treatment of head injuries for coaches and athletic directors; and immediate removal of participants who are suspected of having sustained a head injury from practice or competition until evaluated and cleared by a physician or other licensed healthcare provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.

     c.  The policies implemented in accordance with this section shall be in effect by the 120th day following the effective date of this act and shall be reviewed annually and updated as necessary, by the youth sports team organization to ensure that it reflects the most current information available on the prevention, risk, and treatment of sports-related concussions and other head injuries.

     d.  As used in this section, a "youth sports team organization" means one or more sports teams organized pursuant to a nonprofit or similar charter or which are member teams in a league organized by or affiliated with a county or municipal recreation department.

 

     2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires youth sports team organizations to implement a written policy concerning the prevention and treatment of sports-related concussions and other head injuries among youth athletes.

     Under current law, school districts are obligated to have implemented such policies for participants in interscholastic athletics.  This bill extends that requirement to youth sports team organizations.  As used in the bill, a "youth sports team organization" means one or more sports teams organized pursuant to a nonprofit or similar charter or which are member teams in a league organized by or affiliated with a county or municipal recreation department.

     The bill requires the policies to be consistent with the provisions of the model policy established by the Commissioner of Education.  They shall include, but not be limited to: pre-season baseline testing of all youth athlete participants; provision of educational information on prevention of head injuries in youth athletes to parents or guardians of participants; training on early identification and treatment of head injuries for coaches and athletic directors; and immediate removal of participants who are suspected of having sustained a head injury from practice or competition until evaluated and cleared by a physician or other licensed healthcare provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.