Laws and Rules

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: California

In 2011, California enacted a strong youth sports concussion safety law, which was strengthened in 2012 to add training on concussions to the first aid certification required of high school coaches.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed the "Safety in Youth Sports Act" into law on November 9, 2011. The law becomes effective on July  1, 2012.  The Keystone State became the 31st state to pass a strong youth sports concussion safety law.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Delaware

On August 30, 2011, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill No. 111 into law, adding the state to the list of twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia that have enacted statutes to protect student-athletes from the dangers of concussion. 

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Louisiana

On June 28, 2011, Governor Bobby Jindal signed S.B. 189 into law, adding Louisiana to the list of states (twenty-eight as of September 1, 2011) that have enacted strong youth sports concussion safety laws.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: District of Columbia

On July 27, 2011, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed into law the Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011, adding the District of Columbia to the list of states that have passed strong youth sports concussion safety legislation since May 2009.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Alabama

On June 9, 2011, Alabama governor Robert Bentley signed the state's youth sports concussion safety bill into law.  Alabama joins a growing group of states (twenty-five at last count) that have passed such a law since May 2009, when Washington State's groundbreaking Zackery Lystedt Law was enacted.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Missouri

On July 13, 2011, Missouri governor Jay Nixon signed into law H.B. 300, 334, and 387, titled the "Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Prevention Act."   Missouri is the twenty-fifth state to enact strong youth sports concussion safety legislation since the Washington State's groundbreaking Zackery Lystedt Law was enacted in May 2009.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: North Carolina

On June 16, 2011, North Carolina governor Bev Perdue signed the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act, adding the state to the list of twenty-three states that have enacted strong youth sports concussion safety laws since the first such law was passed in May 2009.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Vermont

The Vermont law, signed by Governor Pete Shumlin, on May 31, 2011, includes only two of the three components considered essential (inform and educate coaches, youth athletes and their parents/guardians about the nature and risk of concussions and require them to sign a concussion information form; and require a youth athlete to be cleared by a licensed health care professional trained in the evaluation and management of concussions before returning to play or practice) and not the third (requiring the immediate removal of athletes from games or practices if they are suspected to have suffered a concussion), it is considered a "weak" youth sports concussion safety law.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Nebraska

On April 14, 2011, Nebraska governor Dave Heineman signed the state's youth sports concussion safety bill  (L.B. 260) into law.  The Concussion Awareness Act will take effect July 11, 2012.
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