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Safety of School Sports - Concussions

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During the 2009 Session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 348 PDF in an attempt to respond to the serious issue of sports-related concussion injuries as a result of inappropriate treatment and diagnosis. This legislation requires individuals engaged in athletic coaching in Oregon be annually trained in recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion and how to seek proper medical treatment for a person suspected of having a concussion. It also requires student athletes who exhibit signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion; or have been diagnosed with a concussion, not participate in any athletic event or training until medical release is obtained.

Oregon Administrative Rule 581-022-0421 details these statutory requirements.

Making the Rule a Reality: SB 348 also encourages the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to partner with Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) and other professional, national, and community organizations to identify trainings which meet agreed upon criteria for coaching staff in Oregon schools. ODE and OSAA staff have worked together to identify trainings which meet the criteria. These trainings will be available on-line free of charge to coaching staff in Oregon school districts.

Concussion Management Training Courses

Currently there are two concussion management classes that satisfy the state statute that all coaches must have concussion training annually; The ACTive® program from the Oregon Center for Applied Science (ORCAS) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Concussion Management Course available thru the CDC web site and directly from NFHS. Both programs are FREE of charge.

Oregon Administrative Rules and Revised Statutes


  • Concussion Guidance for Districts PDF  02/14/2011 (898.80 KB)
    This document provides guidance for districts on the implementation of the legislative mandates around Safety of School Sports - Concussions.
  • Max’s Law: Concussion Management Implementation Guide PDF  09/28/2010 (5.69 MB)
    for Administrators.
    Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program (OCAMP)
  • Informational/Educational Resources    
    These resources are meant to provide athletic directors, coaches, educators and parents with helpful information to identify signs and symptoms of a concussion. Information is provided for educational/informational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

Historical Documents

Senate Bill 538

  • Tanya Frisendahl Email    (503) 947-5754
    Educator Effectiveness - Education Specialist
  • Leslie Currin Email    (503) 947-5833
    Interagency Educational Services - ** INACTIVE ** - School Health Specialist

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