Amended in Senate September 3, 2013

Amended in Assembly May 13, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 588


Introduced by Assembly Member Fox

February 20, 2013


An act to amend Section 49475 of the Education Code, relating to school athletics.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 588, as amended, Fox. School athletics: concussions.

Existing law requires a school district, if it offers an athletic program, to immediately remove an athlete from an athletic activity for the remainder of the day if the athlete is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury, and prohibits the athlete from returning to thebegin insert athleticend insert activity until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider, trained in the management of concussions, and acting within the scope of his or her practice, and the athlete receives written clearance from the licensed health care provider to return to thebegin insert athleticend insert activity. Existing law also requires, on a yearly basis, a concussion and head injury information sheet to be signed and returned by the athlete and athlete’s parent or guardian before the athlete’s initiating practice or competition.

This bill would apply these provisions to athletes attending charter schools and private schoolsbegin delete, and would require the information sheet to include, at a minimum, information regarding concussions and their symptomsend delete. The bill wouldbegin delete authorize the information to be available in a digital format, including, but not limited to, e-mail or an Internet Web site.end deletebegin insert also make various nonsubstantive changes.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 49475 of the Education Code is amended
2to read:

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49475.  

(a) If a school district, charter school, or private school
4elects to offer an athletic program, the school district, charter
5school, or private school shall comply with both of the following:

6(1) An athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or
7head injury in an athletic activity shall be immediately removed
8from thebegin insert athleticend insert activity for the remainder of the day, and shall
9not be permitted to return to thebegin insert athleticend insert activity until he or she is
10evaluated by a licensed health care provider who is trained in the
11management of concussions andbegin insert isend insert acting within the scope of his
12or her practice. The athlete shall not be permitted to return to the
13begin insert athleticend insert activity until he or she receives written clearance to return
14to thebegin insert athleticend insert activity from that licensed health care provider.

15(2) On a yearly basis, a concussion and head injury information
16sheet shall be signed and returned by the athlete and the athlete’s
17parent or guardian before the athlete initiates practice or
18competition.begin delete The information sheet shall include, at a minimum,
19information regarding concussions and their symptoms. The
20information may also be available in a digital format, including,
21but not limited to, e-mail or an Internet Web site.end delete

22(b) This section does not apply to an athlete engaging in an
23athletic activity during the regular schoolday or as part of a physical
24education course required pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section
2551220.



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