Florida Senate - 2012 CS for CS for SB 256 By the Committees on Budget; and Budget Subcommittee on Education Pre-K - 12 Appropriations; and Senator Flores 576-04504-12 2012256c2 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to youth athletes; amending ss. 3 943.0438 and 1006.20, F.S.; requiring an independent 4 sanctioning authority for youth athletic teams and the 5 Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt 6 guidelines, bylaws, and policies relating to the 7 nature and risk of concussion and head injury in youth 8 athletes; requiring informed consent for participation 9 in practice or competition; requiring removal from 10 practice or competition under certain circumstances 11 and written medical clearance to return; requiring the 12 Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt 13 bylaws for the establishment and duties of a sports 14 medicine advisory committee; specifying membership; 15 providing an effective date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Paragraphs (e), (f), and (g) are added to 20 subsection (2) of section 943.0438, Florida Statutes, to read: 21 943.0438 Athletic coaches for independent sanctioning 22 authorities.— 23 (2) An independent sanctioning authority shall: 24 (e) Adopt guidelines to educate athletic coaches, 25 officials, administrators, and youth athletes and their parents 26 or guardians of the nature and risk of concussion and head 27 injury. 28 (f) Adopt bylaws or policies that require the parent or 29 guardian of a youth who is participating in athletic competition 30 or who is a candidate for an athletic team to sign and return an 31 informed consent that explains the nature and risk of concussion 32 and head injury, including the risk of continuing to play after 33 concussion or head injury, each year before participating in 34 athletic competition or engaging in any practice, tryout, 35 workout, or other physical activity associated with the youth’s 36 candidacy for an athletic team. 37 (g) Adopt bylaws or policies that require each youth 38 athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head 39 injury in a practice or competition to be immediately removed 40 from the activity. A youth athlete who has been removed from an 41 activity may not return to practice or competition until the 42 youth submits to the athletic coach a written medical clearance 43 to return stating that the youth athlete no longer exhibits 44 signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or 45 other head injury. Medical clearance must be authorized by the 46 appropriate health care practitioner trained in the diagnosis, 47 evaluation, and management of concussions as defined by the 48 Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the Florida High School 49 Athletic Association. 50 Section 2. Paragraphs (e), (f), (g), and (h) are added to 51 subsection (2) of section 1006.20, Florida Statutes, to read: 52 1006.20 Athletics in public K-12 schools.— 53 (2) ADOPTION OF BYLAWS, POLICIES, OR GUIDELINES.— 54 (e) The organization shall adopt guidelines to educate 55 athletic coaches, officials, administrators, and student 56 athletes and their parents of the nature and risk of concussion 57 and head injury. 58 (f) The organization shall adopt bylaws or policies that 59 require the parent of a student who is participating in 60 interscholastic athletic competition or who is a candidate for 61 an interscholastic athletic team to sign and return an informed 62 consent that explains the nature and risk of concussion and head 63 injury, including the risk of continuing to play after 64 concussion or head injury, each year before participating in 65 interscholastic athletic competition or engaging in any 66 practice, tryout, workout, or other physical activity associated 67 with the student’s candidacy for an interscholastic athletic 68 team. 69 (g) The organization shall adopt bylaws or policies that 70 require each student athlete who is suspected of sustaining a 71 concussion or head injury in a practice or competition to be 72 immediately removed from the activity. A student athlete who has 73 been removed from an activity may not return to practice or 74 competition until the student submits to the school a written 75 medical clearance to return stating that the student athlete no 76 longer exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a 77 concussion or other head injury. Medical clearance must be 78 authorized by the appropriate health care practitioner trained 79 in the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of concussions as 80 defined by the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the Florida 81 High School Athletic Association. 82 (h) The organization shall adopt bylaws for the 83 establishment and duties of a sports medicine advisory committee 84 composed of the following members: 85 1. Eight physicians licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 86 459 with at least one member licensed under chapter 459. 87 2. One chiropractor licensed under chapter 460. 88 3. One podiatrist licensed under chapter 461. 89 4. One dentist licensed under chapter 466. 90 5. Three athletic trainers licensed under part XIII of 91 chapter 468. 92 6. One member who is a current or retired head coach of a 93 high school in the state. 94 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.