Concussions in Youth Athletes - Federal
There is no current federal law related to concussions or concussion management programs. However, H.R.3532 and S 1546 were introduced in the United States Congress on November 19 and September 25, 2013 respectively. These companion pieces of legislation as proposed would require each state receiving federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to enact legislation or issue regulations with regard to the prevention and treatment of concussions. It would mandate every local educational agency in each state to develop a concussion safety and management plan, which educates students, parents and school personnel about concussions, encourage specific supports regarding concussion recovery, and encourage best practices for concussion safety, treatment and management. It would require every public elementary and secondary school to post specific concussion information on school grounds and on the school website. The proposed legislation would require immediate removal of a student suspected of sustaining concussion from school sponsored athletic activity, require written clearance from a health care professional to return to play, and would require parental notification regarding the nature of injury and treatment provided.
H.R. 3532 was referred to the House Education and Workforce Committee and can be viewed online at:
S. 1546 was referred the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and can be viewed online at: