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Table: Youth Sports Concussion Laws

posted on Wed, Aug 23 2017 12:00 am by Eastern Region

According to the CDC, an estimated 248,418 children aged 19 or younger were treated in U.S. emergency departments for sports and recreation related injuries that included a diagnosis of concussion or traumatic brain injury. Science is increasingly beginning to realize the severe impacts of brain injuries especially to children and teenagers even if they are not immediately felt or noticed. Public health law is working to reduce the risks of head injuries to young and professional athletes through federal, local and state laws.

This table contains information on state concussion laws, including which states require return-to-play protocols for student athletes, which type of provider can issue a return-to-play clearance, and whether or not the law applies to recreational sports.

View/download the table.