Concussions in Youth Athletes - Idaho
Governor Otter signed HB 676 into law on April 11, 2010. This law can be found at Title 33 section 33-1625 of the Idaho Code, under the title dealing with education and the chapter on courses of instruction. (Idaho Code Ann. § 33-1625). This law was repealed by SB 632, which became effective after July 1, 2012, and amended the statute.
The law as amended requires that the state Board of Education and the Idaho high school activities association develop guidelines and provide access to information in accordance with the standards of centers for disease control regarding concussions and head injury through an internet link The law applies to any middle, junior high or high school in Idaho participating in organized sport and defines a youth athlete as an individual under 18 years old. Every youth athlete and their parent/guardian shall receive concussion guidelines annually. Coaches, referees, game officials, game judges, and athletic trainers shall review the guidelines biannually. A youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury or exhibiting the signs/symptoms of concussion or head injury shall be removed from play and may not return to play until evaluated and authorized to return to play by a qualified health care professional. Each school participating in organized athletics shall develop protocol for removal of a student athlete from play. The law defines a qualified health care professional. The statute also provides liability protection for individuals providing that the protocol for removing a student athlete is followed. Any youth or sports organization choosing to follow the Idaho concussion statute will be afforded the same liability protection.
The text of the Section 33-1625 can be viewed online at:
At the present, there is no pending legislation to amend or repeal this statute.