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Jun, 2018

ALASKA YOUTH SPORTS CONCUSSION LAW

The Alaska law is located at Sections 14.30.142 through 14.30.143 of the Alaska Code, under the title dealing with education, libraries and museums and the chapter on pupil health. (Alaska Stat. § 14.30.142 through § 14.30.143).

The Alaska law found at §14.30.142 requires school districts to develop guidelines to inform and educate parents, students and coaches on concussions, including standards on the return to play.  It requires schools to have a parent/guardian and student (under 18 years of age) to annually sign a written information sheet about concussions before participation.  The law also mandates that a student suspected of sustaining a concussion must be immediately removed from practice or a game and may not return to play or practice until evaluated by an athletic trainer or other defined health care provider and given clearance, which may be provided in writing or electronically. This section also discusses the immunity of these health care providers.  §14.30.143 discusses the immunity of school districts for injuries sustained by student athletes resulting from the action or inaction of a person under contract with or employed by a nonprofit youth organization under the listed conditions.   “Youth organization” is defined in this section as a public or private entity qualified to do business in the state that provides a program or service to person under nineteen (19) years of age.

The entire official version of the Alaska Code is available online at:
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/folio.asp (click on 2016 Alaska Statutes and query and search concussion and click on concussion)

For more information on youth sports concussions please visit the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/

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