AN ACT TO ENACT THE GFELLER-WALLER CONCUSSION AWARENESS ACT. Summarized in Daily Bulletin 4/7/11, 4/20/11, and 6/8/11. Enacted June 16, 2011. Effective June 16, 2011.
Summary date: Jun 16 2011 - View summary
Summary date: Jun 8 2011 - View summary
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to 2nd edition. Amends GS 115C-12(23)b to include specific citations to applicable General Statutes governing licensure requirements for health care professionals authorized to evaluate and provide clearance for a student to resume participation in interscholastic athletic activity.
Summary date: Apr 20 2011 - View summary
House committee substitute makes the following changes to 1st edition. Amends GS 115C-12(23) to require the State Board of Education to adopt rules governing interscholastic athletic activities conducted by local boards of education. Adds first responders to the list of people who must sign a concussion and head injury information sheet before they may participate in interscholastic athletic activities. Substitutes 'interscholastic athletic activities' for 'extracurricular athletic activities' and 'student' for 'athlete' in multiple instances in GS 115C-12(23).
Summary date: Apr 7 2011 - View summary
Directs the Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill to develop an athletic concussion safety training program in consultation with the NC Medical Society, the NC Athletic Trainers Association, the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, the NC Neuropsychological Society, the NC High School Athletic Association, Inc., and the Department of Public Instruction. Provides that the program is to be developed for use by coaches, school nurses and athletic directors, volunteers, students who participate in interscholastic athletic activities in the public schools and the parents of these students. Specifies some of the core content that the program should include.
Amends GS 115C-12(23) to require that the eligibility rules at the middle and high school levels for interscholastic athletic competitions include concussion safety requirements which include providing information on concussion awareness to adults and students involved in interscholastic athletic competitions, practices and policies to be followed when students show signs or symptoms consistent with a concussion, and development of a school specific emergency action plan to deal with serious injuries and acute medical conditions.
Effective when the act becomes law and applies beginning with the 2011-12 school year.