EPIHA GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE HEATH & SAFETY IN YOUTH SPORTS ACT “Pennsylvania Concussion Law”
Pennsylvania’s new Health & Safety in Youth Sports Act (“PA Concussion Law”) went into effect on July 1, 2012. This law is intended to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury to student-athletes by creating new responsibilities for all coaches, parents and students competing in interscholastic sports and athletic activities This law is important to every interscholastic ice hockey program because its definition of “athletic activities” applies not only to traditional PIAA sports, but also to every “athletic contest or competition that is sponsored by or associated with a school entity, including, club sponsored sports and sports activities sponsored by school-affiliated organizations”. The EPIHA feels strongly that this includes our interscholastic ice hockey programs, even those that may not be formally recognized by their high schools. Our compliance with this law is not only important to providing our student-athletes the same high level of concussion protection afforded other high school athletes, but is also a significant step toward gaining the type of formal school recognition that our athletes deserve. Therefore, the EPIHA requires every high school ice hockey coach and administrator to carefully read the summary below and to comply with the Concussion Law this upcoming season.
SUMMARY OF COACHING REQUIREMENTS:
On-Line Training & Certification
(1) Once each school year, every coach shall complete a short on-line concussion management training course offered free-of-charge by the National Federation of High School State Associations (NFSHA); and
(2) A coach shall not coach any game or practice UNTIL he or she has completed the training course, printed-out the certificate of completion and provided it to his/her school Athletic Director or league president.
The link to the NFHSA on-line course is: http://www.nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=15000
the PIAA link is: http://www.piaa.org/news/details.aspx?ID=1996