Concussions in Youth Athletes - Delaware
Governor Markell signed SB111 into law on August 31, 2011. It became effective for the 2012-2013 school year. This law can be found at section 303, Title 14, Chapter 3, of the Delaware Code, under the title dealing with Education and the chapter dealing with the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association. (Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 303).
In summary, the law requires member schools to follow certain rules and regulations regarding concussions, which include: requiring parents/guardians to sign information sheets about concussions annually; providing coaches with concussion training; removing students from play promptly if suspected of sustaining a concussion or exhibiting signs and symptoms of concussion; and prohibiting return to play until a complete medical assessment by a qualified health care professional or medical clearance is received. This application of the Act is currently limited to member schools of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA).
The official versions of section 303 are currently available online at: http://delcode.delaware.gov/title14/c003/index.shtml
There is no proposed legislation pending at this time to amend Delaware Law.