Concussion Legislation Page

2013 Updates

Major Tenets of Concussion Legislation

Based on the main principles of the Zackery Lystedt Law model legislation

  • Inform and educate youth athletes, their parents and guardians and require them to sign a concussion information form;
  • Removal of a youth athlete who appears to have suffered a concussion from play or practice at the time of the suspected concussion; and
  • Requiring a youth athlete to be cleared by a licensed health care professional trained the evaluation and management of concussions before returning to play or practice.

Canada

National

National Strategy for Serious Injury Reduction in Amateur Sport Act (Bill C319) not likely to become law

(Text of the bill is here)

http://canadianmmalawblog.com/tag/national-strategy-for-serious-injury-reduction-in-amateur-sport-act/

British Columbia

Bill M 206

http://www.leg.bc.ca/39th4th/1st_read/m206-1.htm

Nova Scotia

Bill No. 63

http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/bills/concussion_awareness_act_bill_63

Ontario

Bill 39, Education Amendment Act (Concussions), 2012

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=2584

Ontario Government Proposes New Concussions Legislation

http://www.cpco.on.ca/News/PrincipalConnections/PastIssues/Vol16/Issue1/concussions.pdf

United States

States with Enacted Legislation Targeting Youth Sports-Related Concussions

National Conference of State Legislatures

http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/health/traumatic-brain-injury-legislation.aspx

Summary Matrix of State Laws Addressing Concussions in Youth Sports

Network for Public Health Law

http://www.networkforphl.org/_asset/7xwh09/StateLawsTableConcussions_2-19-13.pdf

Protecting Student Athletes from Concussion Act of 2011 (H.R. 469)

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr469/text

Implementing Laws & Policies

Implementing Return to Play: Learning from the Experiences of Early Implementers

http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/RTP_Implementation-a.pdf

Implementation of State Youth Concussion Laws

http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/sites/childrenssafetynetwork.org/files/%60CSNConcussionPolicy012413.pdf

Get a Heads Up on Concussion in Sports Policies

http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/HeadsUpOnConcussionInSportsPolicies-a.pdf

Additional Reading

Tomei KL, Doe C, Pestigiacomo CJ, Gandhi CD.

Comparative analysis of state-level concussion legislation and review of current practices in concussion. Neurosurgical Focus 33(6):E11, 2012.

http://thejns.org/doi/pdf/10.3171/2012.9.FOCUS12280