Concussions in Youth Athletes - Colorado
The Colorado law (the “Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act”) is found at Sections 25-43-101 through 25-43-103 of the Colorado Code, under the title dealing with Health. (Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 25-43-101 through 25-43-103).
Colorado law requires that each public and private school require each coach of any youth athletic activity involved in interscholastic play to undergo annual concussion training and requires that each private club or public recreational facility and athletic league sponsoring youth athletics require each volunteer coach to undergo annual concussion training. The law defines “youth athletic activity” as an organized activity involving participants eleven (11) years of age or older and under nineteen (19) years of age who are engaged in an organized athletic game or competition against another team. If a coach who has completed concussion training suspects a youth athlete has sustained a concussion, the coach shall immediately remove the youth athlete from participation and the youth athlete may not return until all symptoms of a concussion cease, they are evaluated by a health care provider and they are cleared in writing. A registered athletic trainer with knowledge of the concussed athlete’s condition may manage the athlete’s graduated return to play. The parents/guardians of a youth athlete must be notified of a potential concussion.
The entire official version of the Colorado Code is available online at:
http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/Colorado/ (click on Colorado Revised Statutes on the left and use natural language button and search full text for concussion)
The following website offers additional information regarding Colorado concussion law:http://biacolorado.org/public-policy/youth-sports-concussion-act/