Oregon Law Requires Annual Concussion Training for Coaches

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson discussing new requirements for concussion training for coaches.


JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Lara Johnson. Lara, you’ve handled many cases for people with brain injuries. I understand that there is growing concern over student athletes’ head injuries.

LARA: That’s right, Joel. There are many more concussions than previously thought, as well as indications that young athletes are in more danger from serious short-term and long-term brain damage. A student athlete who suffers a concussion should not be allowed to return to the sport until they have been properly evaluated. Current Oregon law requires interscholastic football coaches to receive annual training on how to recognize symptoms and treat concussions. Coaches, parents, and athletes can download the Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports tool kit through a link on CorsonJohnsonLaw.com.

JOEL: Thanks, Lara. To download the CDC’s Concussion in High School Sports tool kit, or the Sports Injury Prevention Playbook go to CorsonJohnsonLaw.com. The Law and You is a public service and does not replace the advice of an attorney.​

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