27 Mar 2013

Concussion recognition courses could become compulsory in American Samoa

2:43 pm on 27 March 2013

The House of Representatives is reviewing a proposed Bill which would require coaches and sports officials to undergo an annual concussion recognition course in order to prevent head injuries to young athletes in American Samoa.

Under the Bill, if a coach or official who completes the course suspects a child or adolescent has sustained a concussion, they must immediately remove them from a game.

The athlete would then have to be evaluated and cleared by a health professional, before they can continue playing sports.

The legislation also provides that a coach, official, the government or the governing board of a private association won't be held liable for any civil damages that result from a sports concussion if the head trauma guidelines were substantially complied with.