Florida Senate - 2012 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 256 Barcode 535120 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/03/2012 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Budget (Flores) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Paragraphs (e), (f), and (g) are added to 6 subsection (2) of section 943.0438, Florida Statutes, to read: 7 943.0438 Athletic coaches for independent sanctioning 8 authorities.— 9 (2) An independent sanctioning authority shall: 10 (e) Adopt guidelines to educate athletic coaches, 11 officials, administrators, and youth athletes and their parents 12 or guardians of the nature and risk of concussion and head 13 injury. 14 (f) Adopt bylaws or policies that require the parent or 15 guardian of a youth who is participating in athletic competition 16 or who is a candidate for an athletic team to sign and return an 17 informed consent that explains the nature and risk of concussion 18 and head injury, including the risk of continuing to play after 19 concussion or head injury, each year before participating in 20 athletic competition or engaging in any practice, tryout, 21 workout, or other physical activity associated with the youth’s 22 candidacy for an athletic team. 23 (g) Adopt bylaws or policies that require each youth 24 athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head 25 injury in a practice or competition to be immediately removed 26 from the activity. A youth athlete who has been removed from an 27 activity may not return to practice or competition until the 28 youth submits to the athletic coach a written medical clearance 29 to return stating that the youth athlete no longer exhibits 30 signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or 31 other head injury. Medical clearance must be authorized by the 32 appropriate health care practitioner trained in the diagnosis, 33 evaluation, and management of concussions as defined by the 34 Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the Florida High School 35 Athletic Association. 36 Section 2. Paragraphs (e), (f), (g), and (h) are added to 37 subsection (2) of section 1006.20, Florida Statutes, to read: 38 1006.20 Athletics in public K-12 schools.— 39 (2) ADOPTION OF BYLAWS, POLICIES, OR GUIDELINES.— 40 (e) The organization shall adopt guidelines to educate 41 athletic coaches, officials, administrators, and student 42 athletes and their parents of the nature and risk of concussion 43 and head injury. 44 (f) The organization shall adopt bylaws or policies that 45 require the parent of a student who is participating in 46 interscholastic athletic competition or who is a candidate for 47 an interscholastic athletic team to sign and return an informed 48 consent that explains the nature and risk of concussion and head 49 injury, including the risk of continuing to play after 50 concussion or head injury, each year before participating in 51 interscholastic athletic competition or engaging in any 52 practice, tryout, workout, or other physical activity associated 53 with the student’s candidacy for an interscholastic athletic 54 team. 55 (g) The organization shall adopt bylaws or policies that 56 require each student athlete who is suspected of sustaining a 57 concussion or head injury in a practice or competition to be 58 immediately removed from the activity. A student athlete who has 59 been removed from an activity may not return to practice or 60 competition until the student submits to the school a written 61 medical clearance to return stating that the student athlete no 62 longer exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a 63 concussion or other head injury. Medical clearance must be 64 authorized by the appropriate health care practitioner trained 65 in the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of concussions as 66 defined by the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the Florida 67 High School Athletic Association. 68 (h) The organization shall adopt bylaws for the 69 establishment and duties of a sports medicine advisory committee 70 composed of the following members: 71 1. Eight physicians licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 72 459 with at least one member licensed under chapter 459. 73 2. One chiropractor licensed under chapter 460. 74 3. One podiatrist licensed under chapter 461. 75 4. One dentist licensed under chapter 466. 76 5. Three athletic trainers licensed under part XIII of 77 chapter 468. 78 6. One member who is a current or retired head coach of a 79 high school in the state. 80 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012. 81 82 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 83 And the title is amended as follows: 84 Delete everything before the enacting clause 85 and insert: 86 A bill to be entitled 87 An act relating to youth athletes; amending ss. 88 943.0438 and 1006.20, F.S.; requiring an independent 89 sanctioning authority for youth athletic teams and the 90 Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt 91 guidelines, bylaws, and policies relating to the 92 nature and risk of concussion and head injury in youth 93 athletes; requiring informed consent for participation 94 in practice or competition; requiring removal from 95 practice or competition under certain circumstances 96 and written medical clearance to return; requiring the 97 Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt 98 bylaws for the establishment and duties of a sports 99 medicine advisory committee; specifying membership; 100 providing an effective date.