Texas TBI Laws

Texas TBI Laws – House Bill 2038 (Deuell)

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) legislation was  introduced in the State of Texas in March, 2011 by Senator Bob Deuell. The bill, HB 2038 was co-sponsored by Senators Leticia Van de Putte and Royce West.

HB 2038 was also known as “Natasha’s Law” after Natasha Helmick a youth soccer star who suffered multiple concussions while she was involved in youth sports.  Natasha’s Law was signed by Governor Rick Perry on June 17, 2011.

TBI Laws and Youth SportsThe Texas TBI law requires school district officials to appoint or approve a concussion oversight group for students involved in interscholastic athletic activities.

In addition the parents of these student athletes are required to sign a form stating that they have received and read information specific to concussion symptoms, treatment and prevention.

The parents would also acknowledge reading the guidelines that would allow a student athlete to return as a participant in athletic activities after a concussion had occurred.

The provisions within the Texas TBI law include the removal of a student athlete from their participation in their athletic program if they are suspected of sustaining a concussion during competition or during a practice session.

The student must be evaluated and released by a licensed physician before being allowed to return to practice or competition.

Read the Text of House Bill 2038

Sources Articles used for this Page

The National Conference of State Legislatures

Article – The High Plains Observer

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