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Max’s Law (2009 SB48, ORS 336.485, OAR 581‐022‐0421) requires specific concussion management policies for student athletes within Oregon school districts. This law mandated three primary concussion management protocols:
How extensively has Max’s Law been implemented? To answer this question, the Oregon Public Health Division surveyed high school athletic directors about implementation of Max’s Law, barriers to implementation, adoption of recommended best practices, and the extent of policies and leadership at the district level. Schools reported high levels of implementation, but approximately one-half of respondents reported that at least some families at their school have challenges accessing a health care provider who can provide clearance to “return to play” following a suspected concussion. Key recommendations of the report included:
Implementation of Max’s Law in Oregon High Schools: Results from a Survey of High School Athletic Directors (2019)
The Oregon Health Authority continues to partner with youth sports concussion experts from Oregon Health & Science University, the Oregon School Activities Association, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon Center on Brain Injury Research and Training, and the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to support implementation of survey findings.
Oregon's Child Fatality Review process focuses on the subset of child deaths that are "unexpected," including unintentional injuries, intentional injuries (homicide and suicide), SIDS and unexpected deaths due to natural cause.
Safe Kids Oregon unites organizations including emergency and interested citizens who work together to reduce unintentional preventable injury and death in Oregon's children ages 0-19.
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