Utah - Concussion/head injuries: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law addresses concussions/return to play.

Utah Administrative Code R277-614-4. LEA Responsibilities.

B. All LEAs shall maintain a traumatic head injury policy for students:

  • (1) participating in physical education classes, excluding free play under Section 26-53-102(5)(b)(iii), offered by the LEA; and
  • (2) participating in extracurricular activities sponsored by the LEA or statewide athletic associations or both groups jointly.

C. An LEA's policy shall include:

  • (1) direction to agents to remove a student from a sporting event if the student is suspected of sustaining a concussion or a traumatic head injury;
  • (2) the prohibition of a student's continued participation until the student is evaluated by a trained qualified healthcare professional;
  • (3) a written statement from a trained health care provider clearing the student to resume participation in a sporting event;
  • (4) adequate training for agents, consistent with their involvement and responsibility for supervising students in sporting events, about traumatic head injuries and response to suspected student injuries, consistent with the law; and
  • (5) notice at least annually to parents of students who participate in sporting events, including parents' signatures, of an LEA's traumatic head injury policy.

Utah Administrative Code R277-614-4. LEA Responsibilities.

B. All LEAs shall maintain a traumatic head injury policy for students:

  • (1) participating in physical education classes, excluding free play under Section 26-53-102(5)(b)(iii), offered by the LEA; and
  • (2) participating in extracurricular activities sponsored by the LEA or statewide athletic associations or both groups jointly.

C. An LEA's policy shall include:

  • (1) direction to agents to remove a student from a sporting event if the student is suspected of sustaining a concussion or a traumatic head injury;
  • (2) the prohibition of a student's continued participation until the student is evaluated by a trained qualified healthcare professional;
  • (3) a written statement from a trained health care provider clearing the student to resume participation in a sporting event;
  • (4) adequate training for agents, consistent with their involvement and responsibility for supervising students in sporting events, about traumatic head injuries and response to suspected student injuries, consistent with the law; and
  • (5) notice at least annually to parents of students who participate in sporting events, including parents' signatures, of an LEA's traumatic head injury policy.

Utah Code 26-53-301 Removal of child suspected of sustaining concussion or a traumatic head injury -- Meidcal clearance required before returning to participation

(1) An amateur sports organization, and each agent of the amateur sports organization, shall:

  • (a) immediately remove a child from participating in a sporting event of the amateur sports organization if the child is suspected of sustaining a concussion or a traumatic head injury; and
  • (b) prohibit the child described in Subsection (1)(a) from participating in a sporting event of the amateur sports organization until the child:
    • (i) is evaluated by a qualified health care provider who is trained in the evaluation and management of a concussion; and
    • (ii) provides the amateur sports organization with a written statement from the qualified health care provider described in Subsection (1)(b)(i) stating that:
      • (A) the qualified health care provider has, within three years before the day on which the written statement is made, successfully completed a continuing education course in the evaluation and management of a concussion; and
      • (B) the child is cleared to resume participation in the sporting event of the amateur sports organization.
        Utah State Legislature
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