Concussions in Youth Athletes - New York
The New York law can be found at section 305 of the education law, subsection 42. a. (N.Y. Educ. Law. § 305).
The New York law requires that the Commissioner of Education promulgate rules relating to concussions for any school sponsored activity, requiring: coaches to undergo concussion training on a biennial basis; the Department of Health to post concussion information on its website; the immediate removal of any student from an athletic activity if they are suspected of sustaining a concussion; and not permitting any student to return to play until evaluated by a licensed physician and is authorized in writing to return. A school district is permitted by this law to establish concussion management teams to oversee the implementation of these rules.
The law also provides that any not-for-profit youth sports organization may adopt these rules and regulations. Not-for-profit youth sports organizations utilizing school owned facilities may be required to show proof of insurance. Pursuant to §206, subsection 28 of Chapter 45 of the New State Public Health Law, the Public Health Commissioner is required to assist the Commissioner of Education to develop rules and regulations regarding students who suffer mild traumatic brain injuries in accordance with §305 of the education law, subsection 42 and post such information on its website.
The official versions of § 305, subsection 42 and §206, subsection 28 are currently available online at:
The following websites offer additional information regarding New York concussion law: