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Concussions in Youth Athletes - Louisiana

Louisiana

The Louisiana law can be found at section 1299.181 through 1299.185 of the Louisiana Code, under the title relating to public health. (La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 1299.181 through 1299.185) and is known as the Louisiana Youth Concussion Act.

Louisiana law requires that: public and nonpublic schools provide information to coaches, students, parents and others about concussions before the start of each school year; coaches receive annual concussion education; and prior to any athletic participation by a student, 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, parental/guardian acknowledgement of receipt of the concussion information. 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. Any youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion must be immediately removed from the activity and they may not return to the activity until cleared in writing by a health care professional. The act also provides that the office of public health will make available to the general public information on concussions.

The official versions of these sections are currently available online at:

http://legis.la.gov/lss/lss.asp?doc=97171
http://legis.la.gov/lss/lss.asp?doc=97172
http://legis.la.gov/lss/lss.asp?doc=97173
http://legis.la.gov/lss/lss.asp?doc=97174
http://legis.la.gov/lss/lss.asp?doc=97175