Concussions in Youth Athletes - Indiana
Governor Daniels signed SB 93 into law on May 10, 2011. This law can be found 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).
This 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.
The official version of these sections is currently available online at:
On January 9, 2014, SB 222 was introduced and referred to committee. As proposed, SB 222 would prohibit a student athlete removed from play because of a suspect concussion or head injury from return to competition for at least a 24 hour period. The legislation would also require head and assistant football coaches to complete a concussion course every two years and provides for civil immunity for football coaches under certain circumstances.
The text of SB 222 can be viewed online at: