Concussions in Youth Athletes - Connecticut
Connecticut Public Act 15-5 was enacted in Connecticut legislative special session in June 2015 and became effective July 1, 2015. The law provides that no later than January 1, 2016 each operator of a youth athletic activity shall make a written or electronic statement regarding available to each participating youth athlete and their parent/legal guardian. Such statement shall be consistent with the most recent information from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with regard to concussions and shall at a minimum include the signs/symptoms of concussions including the dangers of continuing to play after sustaining a concussion, the means for obtain proper treatment, the nature and risks of concussions and proper return to play procedures.
Act 15-5 offers the following definitions:
“Youth Athletic Activity” means an organized athletic activity involving participants of not less than seven years of age and not more than nineteen years of age, who (A) (i) engage in an organized athletic game or competition against another team, club or entity or in practice or preparation for an organized game or competition against another team, club or entity, or (ii) attend an organized athletic camp or clinic the purpose of which is to train, instruct, or prepare such participants to engage in an organized athletic game or competition, and (B) (i) pay a fee to participate in such organized athletic game or competition or attend such camp or clinic, or (ii) whose cost to participate in such athletic game or competition or attend such camp or clinic is sponsored by a municipality, business or nonprofit organization. “Youth athletic activity” does not include any college or university athletic activity, or an athletic activity that is incidental to a nonathletic program or lesson.
Operator means any municipality, business or nonprofit organization that conducts, coordinates, organizes or otherwise oversees any youth athletic activity but shall not include any municipality, business or nonprofit organization solely providing access to, or use of, any field, court or other recreational area, whether for compensation or not.
No operator shall be subject to civil liability for failing to make a written or electronic statement available.
Sections 10-149b and 10-149c of the Connecticut General Statutes, under the title dealing with education and the chapter concerning teachers. (Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 10-149b through 10-149c) contain concussion statutes related to interscholastic and or intramural athletics. Connecticut Public Act 15-5 can be viewed online at:
https://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/act/pa/pdf/2015PA-00005-R00SB-01502SS1-PA.pdf (press ctrl F and search concussion)
Section 10-149b and Section 10-149c can be viewed online at: http://search.cga.state.ct.us/dtsearch_pub_statutes.html (search Section number 10-149b or Section number 10-149c).