High school coaches in California will be required to receive training in concussions under legislation signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Assembly Bill 1451 requires high school coaches to receiving training every two years on recognizing the signs of concussions and responding to them appropriately. The training can be acquired online.
Democratic Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi of Castro Valley proposed the bill, which will take effect Jan. 1.
A study published in the Journal of Athletic Training found that U.S. high schools' two highest rates of concussions per 100,000 players games or practice occur in football, 47, and girls soccer, 36.
Hayashi last year pushed through successful legislation, effective last January, that requires schools to remove from play, pending medical clearance, a student athlete who sustains a possible concussion.