Nebraska Revised Statute 71-9105

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71-9105. City, village, business, or nonprofit organization; duties; participant in athletic activity; actions required; notice to parent or guardian; effect of signature of licensed health care professional.

(1) Any city, village, business, or nonprofit organization that organizes an athletic activity in which the athletes are nineteen years of age or younger and are required to pay a fee to participate in the athletic activity or whose cost to participate in the athletic activity is sponsored by a business or nonprofit organization shall:

(a) Make available training approved by the chief medical officer on how to recognize the symptoms of a concussion or brain injury and how to seek proper medical treatment for a concussion or brain injury to all coaches; and

(b) Provide information on concussions and brain injuries to all coaches and athletes and to a parent or guardian of each athlete that shall include, but need not be limited to:

(i) The signs and symptoms of a concussion;

(ii) The risks posed by sustaining a concussion; and

(iii) The actions an athlete should take in response to sustaining a concussion, including the notification of his or her coaches.

(2)(a) An athlete who participates in an athletic activity under subsection (1) of this section shall be removed from a practice or game when he or she is reasonably suspected of having sustained a concussion or brain injury in such practice or game after observation by a coach or a licensed health care professional. Such athlete shall not be permitted to participate in any supervised athletic activities involving physical exertion, including, but not limited to, practices or games, until the athlete (i) has been evaluated by a licensed health care professional, (ii) has received written and signed clearance to resume participation in athletic activities from the licensed health care professional, and (iii) has submitted the written and signed clearance to resume participation in athletic activities to the city, village, business, or nonprofit organization that organized the athletic activity accompanied by written permission to resume participation from the athlete's parent or guardian.

(b) If an athlete is reasonably suspected after observation of having sustained a concussion or brain injury and is removed from an athletic activity under subdivision (2)(a) of this section, the parent or guardian of the athlete shall be notified by the coach or a representative of the city, village, business, or nonprofit organization that organized the athletic activity of the date and approximate time of the injury suffered by the athlete, the signs and symptoms of a concussion or brain injury that were observed, and any actions taken to treat the athlete.

(c) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to require any city, village, business, or nonprofit organization to provide for the presence of a licensed health care professional at any practice or game.

(d) The signature of an individual who represents that he or she is a licensed health care professional on a written clearance to resume participation that is provided to a city, village, business, or nonprofit organization shall be deemed to be conclusive and reliable evidence that the individual who signed the clearance is a licensed health care professional. The city, village, business, or nonprofit organization shall not be required to determine or verify the individual's qualifications.