In August 2011, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed a new law requiring sports organizations to properly address sports-related concussions or suspected concussions. It has been estimated that up to 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States yearly with the highest rates of emergency department visits for sports concussion occurring for young people from ages 10 to 19. Youth athletes appear to be especially vulnerable to the effects of concussion, including cognitive difficulties such as memory and attention problems.
The Toy Bowl Association supports this effort by requiring all coaches to complete a free 35-minute online training course, and strongly encouraging parents and student-athletes to review and sign the Parent-Athlete Concussion Information Sheet (PACIS), both of which have been developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Management of the concussion information program will be handled at the parish level. See below for convenient links.