On April 14th, 2012, Governor Heineman
signed into law LB260, the Nebraska
Concussion Awareness Act. This bill will take effect July
1, 2012. The bill affects athletes 19 years old or younger, sports
organization, including youth leagues, club sports, or any organization sponsoring
a sporting activity where there is a cost to participants or where such costs are
sponsored must follow the law.
There are 3 primary components to
Concussion Awareness Act:
educational training must be made available to all coaches on how to recognize symptoms
of a concussion, and how to seek proper medical treatment.
(b) Athletes and
parents/legal guardians must be provided concussion information prior to an athlete’s
participation on an annual basis that includes:
(i) signs & symptoms of a concussion,
(ii) risks posed by sustaining a
(iii) actions an athlete should take in response to sustaining a concussion – including
informing their coaches.
Removal of Athlete –
an athlete presenting with signs or symptoms of a concussion thereby being “reasonably
suspected” of having sustained a concussion:
be removed from participation, and
(b) may not return
to participation until evaluated by appropriate licensed health care professional, and,
Written & Signed Clearance
for Return to Play (RTP) –
an athlete having been removed from participation for the purpose of presenting
with signs or symptoms or “reasonably suspected” of having sustained a concussion
must have, before RTP or participation is allowed by a coach:
and signed clearance from an appropriate licensed health care professional trained in the
evaluation and management of traumatic brain injuries among a pediatric population,
and signed clearance from the athlete’s parents/legal guardians.
Fast Facts -
• A concussion is a brain injury and
all are serious.
• Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
• Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent
further injury or even death.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic
brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change
the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the
body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting
your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. So, all coaches, parents,
and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion
Coaches - Heads Up Online Training Course
Coaches Fact Sheet
Coaches Clipboard Sheet
Parent/Athlete Information Sheet:
English and Spanish
Athlete Fact Sheet
Parents Fact Sheet
Possible Concussion Notification