Concussions in Youth Athletes - Montana
On April 22, 2013, Governor Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 112 into law. The law is effective on the date it was signed and can be found as a part of the Education Law in Chapter 7 on School Instruction and Special Programs and Part 13 Protection of Youth Athletes of the Montana Code Annotated (MCA 20-7-1301 through 20-7-1304). The law may be cited as the “Dylan Steigers Protection of Youth Athletes Act”. The law defines youth athlete as an individual who actively participates in an organized youth activity and the organized athletic activity is an athletic activity sponsored by a school or school district. Each school district offering organized youth athletic activities is required to adopt policies and procedures to inform athletic trainers, coaches, officials, youth athletes and parents of the nature and risks associated with head injury and concussions. Each youth athlete and a parent are required to sign an information form each year prior to participation in athletic activity. Coaches, trainers, and officials are required to undergo annual training. A coach, trainer or official shall remove a youth athlete from play when exhibiting signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion. A youth athlete removed from play may not return to organized athletic activity until concussion related signs, symptoms and behaviors are no longer present and written clearance from a licensed health care provider is received indicating that the youth athlete has been evaluated and is capable of safely resuming participation.
The text of the MCA 20-7-1301 through MCA 20-7-1304 is available online at :
Currently there is no pending legislation to amend or repeal the current statute in Montana.