Concussions in Youth Athletes - Oklahoma
The Oklahoma law is found at Section 24-155 of the Oklahoma Code, under the school code of 1971. (Okla. Stat. tit. 24, § 155). On June 6, 2016, the Governor signed Oklahoma S.B. 1164 into law, which amended §24-155 and those amendments are effective November 1, 2016.
“Athlete” means a secondary-school-aged individual who is participating in a sport which is individual – and/or team-based, outside of school or within school and either competitive or in an organized practice. Each school district and youth sports organization or association shall develop policies and procedures, which includes an information sheet for game officials, team officials, athletes, parents/guardians and others having charge regarding the symptoms and signs of concussions and head injuries, return to learn protocols, graduation return to play guidelines and links to online CDC concussion training, the National Federation of State High School Associations or a comparable program or resource. Guideline and information forms regarding concussions shall annually be distributed to athletes and parents/guardians and acknowledgment and understanding of the information shall be made by the athlete and parent/guardian before participation in an athletic activity. Game and team officials shall undergo concussion training annually. The law further requires that any athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion is to be removed from the activity by a game or team official at that time and may not return to the activity that day until they are evaluated by a licensed health care professional and cleared in writing. Respective governing boards shall establish minimum penalties (non-monetary) for the failure to remove an athlete who has sustained or who is suspected to have sustained a concussion.
The official version of section 24-155 is available online at:
Oklahoma S.B. 1164 can be viewed online at:
http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=SB1164&Session=1600 (click on versions on the menu and then enrolled (final version)).
The following websites offer additional information regarding Oklahoma concussion law: