States are taking a more proactive approach to dealing with concussions. To date, more than half of the states in the U.S., including Nebraska and Iowa, have enacted concussion legislation since 2009.
The Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act took effect on July 1, 2012. The bill affects any schools having athletes 19 years or younger, as well as any sports organization, including youth leagues and club sports.
There are 3 primary components to the Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act:
• Removal of athlete
• Written & signed clearance for Return to Play (RTP)
Learn more by reading about LB260.
The state of Iowa enacted similar concussion legislation in April 2011.
Early anecdotal data suggests the laws are having an immediate and positive impact.