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California Requited Concussion Training Protocols

Kim O'Shea, executive director of Southern California Swimming has made us aware of a modified California law which will affect all coaches and swimmers competing in California swim meets. This law affects not only resident, but also non-resident coaches traveling to meets.

This includes A LOT of people including all those going to Age Group or Senior Zones, Sectionals, Futures, Junior Nationals, Nationals and other California meets this summer and beyond.

The law requires, among other things, that all coaches and administrators have proof of completing an approved course on concussions.  The Southern California Swimming website news has more details (also shown below), including links to approved online courses.  If you have proof of taking either class previously, this is sufficient. At this time, course credentials do not expire.

Parents and swimmers must complete the fillable concussion information and acknowledgement form.

Officials are also encouraged to complete the concussion protocols.

Please share this information with your team.

California Concussion requirements---protocol and training

Thursday, April 12, 2018

California has modified existing school concussion law to apply the concussion requirements to youth sports organizations in which athletes participate, including swimming.

  1. The law requires that a youth athletic program must immediately remove an athlete from an athletic activity for the remainder of the day, if the athlete is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury , and prohibit the athlete from returning to the activity until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider, trained in the management of concussions, and acting within the scope of his or her practice. The athlete must receive written clearance from the licensed health care provider to return to the athletic activity.  If the athlete is diagnosed with a concussion, they must go through a graduated return to play protocol of no less than seven days under the supervision of a licensed health care provider. Youth sports organizations must also notify the parents or guardians of athletes 17 or younger who have been removed from athletic activities due to suspected concussions.
  1. Coaches and administrators must successfully complete the concussion and head injury education required under the bill at least once either online or in person. Either of the following courses from CDC or NFHS will satisfy the requirements. Coaches and administrators must keep evidence of passing these courses to provide to your LSC.

CDC Concussion Course

NFHS Concussion Course

  1. Youth sports organizations must also give a concussion and head injury information sheet to each athlete. The Concussion Acknowledgment Form shall be signed and returned by the athlete and, if the athlete is 17 years of age or younger, shall also be signed by the athlete’s parent or guardian, before the athlete initiates practice or competition. The Concussion Acknowledgment Form attached below may be sent and returned through an electronic medium including, but not necessarily limited to, fax or electronic mail.

Concussion Information Sheet for Parents and Swimmers

  1. USA Swimming has also developed concussion and head injury education materials for coaches and administrators. Attached is a concussion at the pool checklist for coaches, officials, and parents.

Concussion at the pool Checklist

These requirements will also apply to out of state coaches whose swimmers are attending swim meets in California.

Concussion information and acknowledgement forms --fillable - please complete prior to attending the meet!

concussion-info-sheet-for-parents-and-swimmers with form.pdf