Iowa Concussion Legislation
Effective July 1, 2011, Iowa law requires that students in grades 7 – 12 who participate in extracurricular interscholastic activities, cheerleading and dance; and their parents/guardians; must sign a copy of the acknowledgement
form found below and return it to their school.
Students cannot practice or compete in those activities until this form is signed and returned.
In addition, please note this important information from Iowa Code Section 280.13C, Brain Injury Policies:
- A child must be immediately removed from participation (practice or competition) if his/her coach or a contest official observes signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury in an extracurricular interscholastic activity.
- A child may not participate again until a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and other brain injuries has evaluated him/her and the student has received written clearance from that person to return to participation.
- Key definitions:
- “Licensed health care provider” means a physician, physician assistant, chiropractor, advanced registered nurse practitioner, nurse, physical therapist, or athletic trainer licensed by a board.
- “Extracurricular interscholastic activity” means any extracurricular interscholastic activity, contest, or practice, including sports, dance, or cheerleading.
- Please download, review and sign the Iowa Heads Up Concussion Fact Sheet and form found here, and return it to your school.