Gov. Polis Signs 'Return To Play' Legislation Supported By APTA Colorado

HB19-1208, Physical Therapists Youth Athletes Head Trauma, also known as the "Return To Play" bill, was signed into law on May 6, 2019, by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. APTA Colorado leaders and government-affairs professionals attended the signing along with other PT supporters in the community.

The chapter thanks Representatives Jonathan Singer and Lois Langraf and Senators Rhonda Fields and Bob Gardner for carrying this important legislation.

Current law states that if a youth athlete is removed from play because a coach suspects the youth athlete has sustained a concussion in a game, competition, or practice, the coach or other designated personnel shall not permit the youth athlete to return to play or participate in any supervised team activities involving physical exertion until the youth athlete is evaluated by a health care provider and receives written clearance to return to play from the health care provider. The bill adds licensed physical therapists with training in pediatric neurology or concussion evaluation and management to the definition of "health care provider" for this purpose.

As always, thank you to our PT, PTA and student members. Our legislative activities would be impossible without your continuing support!

 


 

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