Laws and Rules

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: South Dakota

On March 17, 2011, South Dakota became the tenth state to enact a strong youth sports concussion safety law requiring immediate removal from play of an athlete suspected of having suffered a concussion and requiring medical clearance before return to play.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Texas

On June 20, 2010, Texas governor Rick Perry signed into law H.B. No. 203, the state's youth sports concussion safety law.  Dubbed Natasha's Law after Natasha Helmick, a moving force behind the law, the Texas statute is one of the most detailed and comprehensive of the twenty-three enacted to protect youth athletes since the Zackery Lystedt Law was signed by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire in May 2009.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Massachusetts

On July 8, 2010, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the Commonwealth's youth sports concussion safety law, which applies to all public schools in the state and any school subject to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association rules. Originally slated to go into effect on January 1, 2010, the law was subsequently amended to give it immediate effect.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Connecticut

Connecticut's youth sports concussion safety law was signed on May 18, 2010 by Governor M. Jodi Rell, and amended in May 2014 to strengthen the concussion education requirements.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the Garden State's youth sports concussion safety bill into law on December 7, 2010.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Rhode Island

Rhode Island's youth sports concussion safety law took effect on July 7, 2010.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: New Mexico

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed arguably the country's toughest youth sports concussion safety law on June 1, 2010.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Virginia

Virginia's youth sports concussion safety law was signed by Governor Bob McDonnell on April 11, 2010 and will become effective July 1, 2011.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Oklahoma

Oklahoma's youth sports concussion safety statute, signed into law on May 14, 2010, is modeled on Washington's Zackery Lystedt Law.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Oregon

Key provisions of Oregon's youth sports concussion safety law.
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