Iowa has a new law that permits student athletes in Iowa to be evaluated by physical therapists to determine when it is safe to "return to play" following a hit, fall or other incident in order to reduce the risk of a concussion or other brain injuries.
The law requires that a student be immediately removed from participation in an activity when a concussion is suspected, and must be evaluated by a physical therapist or other licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and other brain injuries. The health care provider must provide written clearance for the student to return to activity.
If you are now or will be in a coaching position or a sideline health care team member, please become familiar with the information contained in this list of resources. Some of the resource references were provided to us by the Iowa High School Athletic Association for which we express our appreciation.
The annual scholarships, four SPT and one SPTA, are available to student members enrolled in their final year of an accredited Iowa PT/PTA education program. The scholarships will be awarded at the Spring Conference Honors Luncheon, and applications should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the conference. Consult the calendar for dates.