ALBANY, N.Y. – A two-day conference will kick off in Albany Tuesday to talk about ways to keep kids and teens safe when they participate in sports; this comes before a law that will take effect next month.
New York State will be the 33rd state to pass a student-athlete concussion law. The law includes a number of provisions to keep children safe while competing in sports, especially high impact ones.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the "Concussion Management Awareness Act" last September and it's scheduled to take affect July 1st, 2012. The law contains three key provisions considered ideal by the National Football League.
1. Parents of student-athletes must sign a permission slip before their kids can participate in practice or games.
2. Any student-athlete suspected of a concussion must immediately be removed from play.
3. Any student-athlete with a concussion must obtain medical clearance before returning to the sport.
The New York law actually goes one step further and requires coaches, physical education teachers, school nurses and athletic trainers to undergo concussion training.
One of the men promoting the law, former WWE wrestler Christopher Nowinski will be speaking at the Brain Injury Association of NY's annual conference that will be held in Albany Tuesday morning. Nowinski, called the "Harvard Graduate," was known for finishing moves "Harvard Buster and Honor Roll" and sustained several head injuries during his participation in the sport.
The brain injury conference will continue through Wednesday.