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The safety of the Athletes is our top priority. We work hard to ensure our Athletes, Coaches and Parents have the information they need to make informed decisions when it comes to safety.

Pending legislation: HB450 and HB308.

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For questions about concussions or setting up an action plan at your school, please call: UAB Sports Medicine at Children's of Alabama - (205) 934-1041.
Athletes should not be returned to play the same day of injury. When returning athletes to play, they should follow a stepwise symptom-limited program, with stages of progression.

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New Alabama law aimed at preventing brain injuries may change youth sports culture

Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association

A concussion is a brain injury that can occur in any sport. Learn the symptoms, and what to do if a concussion is suspected.

Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion. Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season.

Every year, almost half a million children visit emergency departments for head injuries, many of which are due to sports-related concussions. In the late 1990s, national sports leagues began instituting concussion policies for testing, treatment and return to play. However, many schools and local youth sports organizations have not followed suit. This webinar discusses the physiology of concussions in young athletes; various legislative approaches to address concussions in youth sports; implications in rural and poorer communities; and other legal innovations to address the problem.

As of October 25, 2011, thirty three have enacted youth sports concussion-related laws.  Below is an overview of these existing state laws. Click on the map or state abbreviations to see laws.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.

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