Concussions in Youth Athletes - District of Columbia
The District of Columbia law can be found at sections 7-2871.01 through 7-2871.05 of the District of Columbia Code, under the human health care and safety title and the chapter dealing with public safety and youth athletic concussion protection. (D.C. Code §§ 7-2871.01 through 7-2871.05).
District of Columbia law defines concussion, youth athlete, activity, and school. It requires that any athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion during an athletic activity must be removed from participation until evaluated by a health care professional and given written clearance to return to play. The law further requires coaches to undergo concussion training and parents/guardians are required to sign a statement acknowledging receipt of information about concussions each year before the athlete is allowed to participate in any athletic activity. These rules could be expanded by the Mayor of D.C.’s rulemaking ability to include activities that are non-interscholastic, school-sponsored, or organized by a non-governmental organization.
The official versions of these sections are currently available online at:
http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/dccode/ (use natural language button and search full text for concussion)
The Mayor has not exercised his rule-making capability to extend the law to non-interscholastic athletic activities in accordance with DC Code 7-2871.05