Public Act No. 14-66: An Act Concerning Youth Athletics and Concussions requires that on or before January 1, 2015, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, the governing authority for intramural and interscholastic athletics, an appropriate organization representing licensed athletic trainers, and an organization representing county medical associations, develop or approve a concussion education plan for use by local and regional boards of education. Each local and regional board of education must then implement such plan by using written materials, online training or videos, or in-person training that addresses, at a minimum the following:
- The recognition of signs or symptoms of concussion.
- The means of obtaining proper medical treatment for a person suspected of sustaining a concussion.
- The nature and risks of concussions, including the danger of continuing to engage in athletic activity after sustaining a concussion.
- The proper procedures for allowing a student athlete who has sustained a concussion to return to athletic activity.
- Current best practices in the prevention and treatment of a concussion.
The purpose of the Concussion Education Plan and Guidelines for Connecticut Schools is to provide accurate information, resources and guidance needed to implement school district concussion education plans. Besides the five requirements listed above, this document includes implementation guidance; suggested roles and responsibilities for the range of school staff involved; applicable state and federal laws; a glossary of terms; and other useful information to assist in implementing concussion education plans for concussion prevention, recognition, and management.