AB 1451: Concussion Training for High School Coaches

On August 17, 2012, AB 1451 was chaptered into law. AB 1451 adds new requirements to the High School Coaching Education and Training Program ("HSCTP") regarding training for coaches about how to identify concussions and appropriate responses. Scientific studies have raised concerns about the long-term effects of head injuries, including concussions, on young athletes.

Currently the California Insterscholastic Federation ("CIF") offers training programs to high school coaches.  Coaches must also compete a CPR/first aid course every two years. AB 1451 adds the requirement that coaches receive training on concussions as well. The training may be fulfilled through free, online or other types of courses.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that approximately 3 million sports and recreational concussion occur every year.  Football and soccer have the most concussions for high school athletes.

The chaptered bill, AB 1451, is available here.

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