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Alabama (State page|Law Ranking)
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|Parental form ACK recieved info||Yes||1|
|Athlete form ACK recieved info||Yes||1|
|Return to Play Protocol||Yes||1|
|Medical Clearance for Return to Play||Yes||1|
|Coverage of schools, public and private, non-school recreational sports||Public|
|Return to Learn||No||0|
|Limit on full contact||No||0|
- A coach is required to obtain educational training on the identification and management of concussions, sometimes from specific sources.
- Parents and coaches sign forms acknowledging they received information about concussions.
- Laws provide that there must be a protocol in place that an athlete suspected of having sustained a concussion must be removed from play and returned to play only after signed medical clearance.
- For medical clearance, points are determined as follows. Medical clearance by health professionals without training in concussions counts as one point; training adds a point; including certified athletic trainers among the health professionals earns a point.
- The stay applies sanctions for coaches and/or schools for violations of the law.
- Laws are evaluated based on their sweep, looking at coverage of schools, public and private, non-school recreational sports such as Pop Warner, and in a few instances covering non-school sports on public property.
- "Return to Learn" laws require a protocol in schools for the gradual return to cognitive performance, often students receive special status based on their concussion.
- A few states have passed laws requiring teams to limit full contact practices based on time.
- This involves legislation requiring coaches to receive certification that they have received education on concussions and injury prevention.
- Safe Kids strongly favors extending coverage of return to play laws below the high school level and age.
- It is often not recognized that some forms of cheerleading can lead to serious concussions.
- Extending the educational requirements for referees, nurses and other school personnel is a positive direction.
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- Sports Safety Tips