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Concussions in Youth Athletes - New York

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: school coaches, physical education teachers, nurses and athletic trainers 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 symptom free for at least 24 hours and being evaluated by a licensed physician and 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. Non-public schools may implement the concussion rules and regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of Education in the event they so authorize.

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 and §206 are currently available online at:

http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/lawssrch.cgi?NVLWO: (search concussion and click on link for Education Law §305)

http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/lawssrch.cgi?NVLWO: (search Public Health Law §206 and click on link for commissioner – general powers)

The following website offers additional information regarding New York concussion law: