Concussions in Youth Athletes - Montana
The Montana law is 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 Montana 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. “Organized youth athletic activity” means 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 consistent with current U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control. 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 in any organized youth athletic activity 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:
The following website offers additional information regarding Montana concussion law: