In April 2013, Tennessee became the 44th state to pass a sports concussion law designed to reduce youth sports concussions and increase awareness of traumatic brain injury.
The legislation, Public Chapter 148 and Public Chapter 948 has three key components:
To inform and educate coaches, youth athletes and their parents and require them to sign a concussion information form before competing.
To require removal of a youth athlete who appears to have suffered a concussion from play or practice at the time of the suspected concussion.
To require a youth athlete to be cleared by a licensed health care provider* before returning to play or practice.
* “Health care provider” means a Tennessee licensed medical doctor, osteopathic physician, clinical neuropsychologist with concussion training, or physician assistant with concussion training who is a member of a health care team supervised by a Tennessee licensed medical doctor or osteopathic physician.
Below you will find links for the required forms, trainings and guidelines that will equip coaches, parents and athletes to recognize and respond to sports related concussion.
The AAU recommends all of its coaches, and other non-athlete members working with youth athletes avail themselves to the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Head's Up program. Coaches and other club leaders can take a free on-line course that will provide important information in the recommendation and decision-making in handling situations that may involve concussion injuries.