Concussions in Youth Athletes - Alaska
Governor Parnell signed HB 15 into law on May 27, 2011, which was effective on August 25, 2011. This law can be found at sections 14.30.142 through 14.30.143 of the Alaska Code, under the title dealing with education, libraries and museums and the chapter on pupil health. (Alaska Stat. § 14.30.142 through § 14.30.143). Section 14.30.142 (d) was amended on May 30, 2012 when Governor Parnell signed SB119 into law.
Section 14.30.142 as amended requires school districts to develop guidelines to inform and educate parents, students and coaches on concussions, including standards on the return to play. It requires schools to have a parent/guardian annually sign a written information sheet about concussions before their child can play. The law also mandates that a student suspected of sustaining a concussion must be immediately removed and may not return to play or practice until evaluated by an athletic trainer or other defined health care provider and given written clearance. This section also discusses immunity of these health care providers. Section 14.30.143 discusses immunity of school districts for injuries sustained by student athletes.
On April 1, 2011, SB 119 was read for the first time. The proposed legislation would amend Section 14.30.142(d) preclude a student from return to “participation in practice or game (bold is proposed amendment) play until evaluated and cleared in writing by “an athletic trainer or other” qualified and certified person as defined in (d)(1) or (2). On September 25, 2012, SB 119 was signed into law. Section 1 of the amendment is effective immediately and Section 2 becomes effective July 1, 2013.
The entire official version of the Alaska Code, including these new sections, is available online at:
On March 28, 2012, HB 369 was introduced proposing to amend Section 14.30.142 of the Alaska Statutes, specifically paragraph (d) to include the phrase “participation in practice or game” precluding such activity until the student has been evaluated and cleared for participation in writing. There has been no further action taken on HB 369 since it was referred to the House Labor and Commerce Committee on April 5, 2012.
The text of HB 369 and SB 119 are available on line at: