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Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: California

On October 4, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the state's youth sports concussion safety law (AB 25), adding the state to growing list that have enacted a strong concussion safety law since May 2009.*

Key provisions

  • Broad coverage: The law covers all athletes participating in school-sponsored athletics and organizations that use public school facilities for youth sports.
  • Education: In order to participate in athletics, students and a parent or guardian must sign and return to the student's school each year a form acknowledging receipt and review of a concussion and traumatic brain injury information sheet.
  • Immediate removal from play in case of suspected concussion: Athletes suspected of having sustained a concussion must be immediately removed from play for the remainder of the day.
  • No return to play without written medical clearance: Athletes who have been removed may not return to play until evaluated and received written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the management of concussion acting within the scope of his or her practice. 
  • No change in immunity: Existing law on civil liability on the part of any school or employee is left unchanged.
In August 2012, California strengthened its youth sports concussion safety law by adding training on concussions to the first aid certification required of all California high school coaches

* The number now stands at 40 (as of August 19, 2012).

Posted October 5, 2011; revised August 19, 2012