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Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act

Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act

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This bill would require public and nonpublic schools to require that any student enrolled in grades six to 12 have a medical examination prior to participation on a school-sponsoredinterscholastic or intramural athletic team or squad.
This bill would require public and nonpublic schools to require that any student enrolled in grades six to 12 have a medical examination prior to participation on a school-sponsoredinterscholastic or intramural athletic team or squad.

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Published by: PatrickDiegnan on Jul 25, 2012
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ASSEMBLY, No. 3048
Sponsored by:Assemblyman PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.District 18 (Middlesex)Co-Sponsored by:Assemblywoman StenderSYNOPSIS
“Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act;” establishes measures to ensurehealth of student-athletes.
As introduced.
EXPLANATION – Matter enclosed in bold-faced brackets
in the above bill isnot enacted and is intended to be omitted in the law.Matter underlined thus is new matter.
concerning the health of student-athletes, amending1P.L.2007, c.125, and supplementing Title 18A of the New Jersey2Statutes and Title 45 of the Revised Statutes.34
by the Senate and General Assembly of the State
of New Jersey:
 671. (New section) Sections 2 through 7 of this act shall be8known and may be cited as the “Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety9Act.”10112. (New section) a. The board of education of a public school12district and the governing board or chief school administrator of a13nonpublic school shall require that prior to the participation of any14student enrolled in grades six to 12 on a school-sponsored15interscholastic or intramural athletic team or squad, the student16shall have a medical examination using the “Preparticipation17Physical Evaluation” form developed jointly by the American18Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics,19American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society20for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports21Medicine, and American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.22The Preparticipation Physical Evaluation form shall include the23History and Physical Examination components.24b. The medical examination required by subsection a. of this25section shall be conducted within 365 days prior to the first day of 26official practice in an athletic season and shall be conducted by a27licensed physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant.28Each student whose medical examination was completed more than2990 days prior to the first day of official practice in an athletic30season shall provide a health history update questionnaire,31completed and signed by the student’s parent or guardian. The32completed health history update questionnaire shall be reviewed by33the school nurse and shall include information as to whether, in the34time period since the date of the student’s last preparticipation35medical examination, the student has:36(1) been medically advised not to participate in a sport;37(2) sustained a concussion, been unconscious or lost memory38from a blow to the head;39(3) broken a bone or sprained, strained, or dislocated any40muscles or joints;41(4) fainted or blacked out;42(5) experienced chest pains, shortness of breath, or heart racing;43(6) had a recent history of fatigue and unusual tiredness;44
DIEGNAN3(7) been hospitalized, visited an emergency room, or had a1significant medical illness;2(8) started or stopped taking any over the counter or prescribed3medications; or4(9) had a sudden death in the family, or whether any member of 5the student’s family under the age of 50 has had a heart attack or6heart trouble.7c. A board of education of a public school district and the8governing board or chief school administrator of a nonpublic school9shall not permit a student enrolled in grades six to 12 to participate10on a school-sponsored interscholastic or intramural athletic team or11squad unless the student has a completed Preparticipation Physical12Evaluation form and, if applicable, a completed health history13update questionnaire as required by subsections a. and b. of this14section.15163. (New section) a. The Commissioner of Education, in17consultation with the New Jersey Chapter of the American18Academy of Pediatrics, the New Jersey Academy of Family19Physicians, the American Heart Association, and the New Jersey20Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, shall develop, by21the 2012-2013 school year, a Student-Athlete Cardiac Screening22professional development module to increase the assessment skills23of those medical professionals who perform student-athlete medical24examinations and screenings. The module shall include, but need25not be limited to, the following:26(1) how to complete and review a detailed medical history with27an emphasis on cardiovascular family history and personal reports28of symptoms;29(2) identifying symptoms of sudden cardiac death that may30require follow up with a cardiologist;31(3) recognizing normal structural changes of the athletic heart;32(4) recognizing prodromal symptoms that precede sudden33cardiac death;34(5) performing the cardiovascular physical examination;35(6) reviewing the major etiologies of sudden unexplained36cardiac death with an emphasis on structural abnormalities and37acquired conditions; and38(7) when to refer a student to a cardiologist for further39assessment.40b. The module developed pursuant to subsection a. of this41section and the pamphlet developed pursuant to section 1 of 42P.L.2007, c.125 (C.18A:40-41) shall be posted on the websites of 43the Department of Education, the American Academy of Pediatrics,44the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, the American Heart45Association, and the American College of Cardiology.46c. A physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant47who performs a student-athlete’s annual medical examination prior48

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