Ralston Soccer Club: Concussion Awareness

Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports

On April 14th, 2012, Governor Heineman signed into law LB260, the Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act. This bill will take effect July 1, 2012. The bill affects athletes 19 years old or younger, sports organization, including youth leagues, club sports, or any organization sponsoring a sporting activity where there is a cost to participants or where such costs are sponsored must follow the law/act.

For information on concussions, please visit the following web site:
Concussion Home Page

• If in a in-house league or program an athlete presenting with signs or symptoms of a concussion thereby being “reasonably suspected” of having sustained a concussion:
(a) must be removed from participation, and
(b) may not return to participation until evaluated by appropriate licensed health care professional trained in the evaluation and management of traumatic brain injuries among a pediatric population, and,
• An athlete having been removed from participation in any league, event (e.g. practice, any player participation event) or tournament for the purpose of presenting with signs or symptoms or “reasonably suspected” of having sustained a concussion you should give a Possible Concussion Notification Form and must have, before RTP or participation is allowed by a coach:
(a) written and signed clearance from an appropriate licensed health care professional trained in the evaluation and management of traumatic brain injuries among a pediatric population, and
(b) written and signed clearance from the athlete’s parents.



What is a Concussion?

 A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
 Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. So, all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.
 Athlete Fact Sheet
 Parents Fact Sheet