Concussions in Youth Athletes - Louisiana
The Louisiana law (Louisiana Youth Concussion Act) formerly found at Sections 1299.181 through 1299.185 of the Louisiana Code, under the title relating to public health. (La. Rev. Stat. Ann. (Louisiana Revised Statutes – “LRS”) §§ 1299.181 through 1299.185) has been re-designated as Subpart B of Part VII of Chapter 5-A and is found at Title 40 of the LRS at §40:1089.1 through.
Louisiana law requires that: public and nonpublic schools provide information to coaches, students, parents and others about concussions before the start of each athletic season; coaches and officials of a youth athletic activity involving interscholastic play to complete annual concussion education; and prior to any athletic participation by a youth athlete, parents/guardians must sign a concussion information sheet. All private clubs or recreation facilities and youth athletic leagues must also provide concussion information, annual concussion training to coaches, and as a condition of participation, youth athlete and parental/guardian acknowledgement of receipt of the concussion information sheet. The statute defines “youth athletic activity” as an organized athletic activity where the majority of those participating are 7 years of age or older and under 19 years of age, and are engaging in an organized athletic competition against another team, club or entity or in practice. Youth athletic activity does not include college or university activities, activities for instructional purposes only or athletic activity incidental to a non-athletic program or lesson. Each private club or public recreation facility and each athletic league which sponsors youth athletic activities shall before the start of the season provide concussion information to all coaches, officials, volunteers, youth athletes and parents/guardians, require each volunteer coach to complete an annual concussion recognition course, and as a condition of participation require the youth athlete and parent/guardian to sign a concussion information sheet. Any youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion must be immediately removed from the activity by a coach who is required to complete concussion recognition training and they may not return to the activity until cleared in writing by a health care professional for full or graduated return to play. A coach is required to notify a youth athlete’s parent/guardian of a suspected concussion. The act also provides that the office of public health will make available to the general public information on concussions.
The official versions of sections 1299.181 through 1299.185 are currently available online at:
http://legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?p=y&d=965056 (use arrows to view next and/or previous)
The following websites offer additional information regarding Louisiana concussion law: