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The history of the original Connecticut Concussion Law and the development of CIAC Module #15 - Concussion Management

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  1. 1. State of Connecticut Concussion Law and Development of CIAC Module #15
  2. 2. PA 10 - 62
  3. 3. • Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney and Thomas Gaffney, Education Committee Chair • Announcement – concussion legislation proposal - NFL - Zackery Lystedt (Washington state) - 2009
  4. 4. ZACKERY LYSTEDT
  5. 5. • 13 yr. old middle school football player • permanently disabled in 2006 • sustained a concussion after tackling an opponent • prematurely returned to a game
  6. 6. Zackery Lystedt Story  video – shows Zack lying on the ground clutching both sides of his helmet; rolling back & forth in pain
  7. 7. CONSEQUENTLY  the referee called time-out  Zack was sidelined for 3 plays before half-time  by the start of the 3rd quarter, BACK IN THE GAME  collapsed on the field; airlifted to medical center
  8. 8. RESULTS OF PREMATURE RETURN  underwent emergency life-saving surgery  remove both sides of skull to relieve pressure  experienced numerous strokes  7 days on a ventilator  3 months in a coma  4 weeks in a nursing home  2 months in a children’s hospital for rehab  9 months before he spoke his first word  13 months before he moved a leg or an arm  20 months on a feeding tube  3 yrs before he would stand, with assistance, on his own 2 feet
  9. 9. RESULTS OF PREMATURE RETURN
  10. 10. • prior to the proposal – The Connecticut Concussion Task Force
  11. 11. • Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC) partnered with the Senators • meeting to help craft the language of the legislation • The Connecticut Concussion Task Force
  12. 12. • initially, bill crafted after the Lystedt Law in Washington state • then after the state law that passed in Oregon • Washington state (1st) and Oregon (2nd) were the original state concussion laws in the nation • BIAC – distributed a press release
  13. 13. • due to CT’s severe budget situation, legislation introduced could not include a fiscal note - example, informed consent • did not cover community, recreation or non- public schools • mechanism of enforcement – through the Department of Education
  14. 14. • March 17 - public hearing on legislation, also - BIAC Legislative Action Day at the Capitol - partnered with the CATA
  15. 15. • Professionals, students, coaches and parents all testified in support of the legislation • Over 20 organizations signed on in support of the bill
  16. 16. • April 22 - the bill passed unanimously • May 18 - Public Act 10 – 62 signed into law by the Governor • July 1 - the act went into law immediately 3rd state (after Washington State and Oregon) in the nation to have a concussion bill
  17. 17. SINCE JULY 1, 2010  Connecticut – stagnated/no updates  parent education – 47 states mandate  athlete education – 46 states mandate  informed consent – 44 states require  youth sports concussion training – players, coaches, parents, etc. NONE PART OF CONNECTICUT LAW
  18. 18. Dr. Karissa Niehoff  Executive Director, CAS-CIAC  Update on the recently proposed legislature
  19. 19. • part of CIAC Coaches Education Program • 3 - hour course • component of/embedded into CIAC 45 clock hour Coaches Certification Course • also taught as a stand-alone • taught by ATCs with athletic directors
  20. 20. CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT COURSE (Module #15) CONTENT  The Concussion Legislation Public Act No. 10-62  Basic Brain Anatomy  What is a Concussion ? Linear vs Rotational
  21. 21. CLOWNEY
  22. 22. STEVE RIDLEY
  23. 23.  Causes  Facts  Recognizing A Possible Concussion  Signs & Symptoms of Concussions  Risk Factors
  24. 24.  Complications  Long-Term Consequences of Multiple Concussions  Tests and Diagnosis  Treatment and Drugs  Understanding Recovery
  25. 25.  Return to Participation - Return to Learn - Return to Activity  Prevention  The Future  Other Head Injuries
  26. 26. CBS THIS MORNING
  27. 27. MODULE #15 ASSESSMENT  trained thousands of coaches to date  course needs some changes  more interaction  more impact videos  additional case studies  latest updates in the assessment and treatment
  28. 28. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS  Julie Peters, Executive Director, BIAC  Vicky Graham, CT Task Force  Mark McCarthy, former CT Task Force
  29. 29. “THANK YOU”

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