Concussions in Youth Athletes - North Carolina
Governor Perdue signed HB 792 into law on June 16, 2011. This law can be found at subsection 23 of section 115C-12 of the North Carolina Code, which falls under the title for elementary and secondary education and under the title for the state board of education. (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-12(23)).
This law requires that the State Board of Education develop rules for interscholastic athletic activities. For middle and high schools, the rules must provide that coaches, nurses and students, among others, receive an annual concussion information sheet, which must be signed and returned before the student may participate. If a student is suspected of sustaining a concussion, the student must be immediately removed and may not return that day and may not return to play until evaluated by a licensed medical professional and given written clearance.
Subsection 23 of section 115C-12 of North Carolina Code is available online at:
There has been no legislation introduce into the North Carolina Legislature to amend or repeal this statute since its enactment.