Concussions in Youth Athletes - Colorado
Governor Hickenlooper signed SB 40 into law on March 29, 2011. The law went into effect on January 1, 2012. This law can be 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)
This law requires that each public and private school require each coach of youth athletic programs 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. If a youth athlete is suspected of sustaining a concussion, the youth athlete must be immediately removed from participation and may not return until all symptoms of a concussion cease, they are evaluated by a health care provider, and they are cleared in writing. The parents/guardians of a youth athlete must be notified of a potential concussion.
The entire official version of the Colorado Code, including these new sections, is available online at:
http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/Colorado/ (search term concussion)
There is currently no legislation pending to amend this statute.