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Concussions in Youth Athletes - Indiana

Indiana

Indiana law is located at sections 20-34-7-1 through 20-34-7-5 of the Indiana Code under the title dealing with education and the chapter on student health and safety. (Ind. Code. §§ 20-34-7-1 through 20-34-7-5 and §20-43-7-1.5 and §20-43-7-6).

The Indiana law requires that the Department of Education provide guidelines, information and forms to each school to be distributed to coaches, parents and students regarding concussions, and requires parents/guardians annually sign acknowledgment of receipt of information on concussions before their child may participate in athletic activities. A student suspected of sustaining a head injury must be removed from the activity immediately and may not return to play until written clearance from a health care professional is received. A high school player removed from play may not return to competition prior the passage of twenty- four (24) hours. The law also defines “organizing entity” as any person that operates a recreational, intramural or extracurricular athletic or sports program for individuals less than twenty (20) years of age and who use a facility, field, park or other property maintained by the state, a political subdivision or agency or instrumentality. Section 20-43-7-6 is related to football, education courses for coaches, and a waiver of liability for coaches completing training so long as they do not commit gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

The official version of these sections is currently available online at Title 20, Article 34 Student health and Safety and Chapter 7 Student Athletes):

http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title20/ar34/ch7.html

The following website offers additional information regarding Indiana concussion law:

http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/health/concussions