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Concussions in Youth Athletes - Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania law can be found at 24 P.S. section 5321 through 24 P.S. section 5323 of the Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes of the education title. (24 P.S. §§ 5321- 5323) and is entitled the Safety in Youth Sports Act.

Pennsylvania law requires that the Department of Health and the Department of Education develop guidelines and materials on concussions. The statute defines athletic activity to include interscholastic athletics, an athletic contest or competition sponsored by or associated with a school entity, school sponsored or associated noncompetitive cheerleading and practices, and scrimmages for all the aforementioned activities. Each year, a student participating in an athletic activity must have a parent/guardian sign acknowledgement of receipt of concussion information before the student may participate in the activity. The law requires any student suspected of sustaining a concussion must be removed from participation at that time and is not allowed to resume participation until evaluated by a medical professional and given written clearance. The law also requires that coaches receive concussion training once each school year.

The sponsors of youth athletic activities not addressed by this act are encouraged to follow the guidance set forth in the act.

The text of these sections can be viewed online at:

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The following websites offer additional information regarding Pennsylvania concussion law:

http://www.health.pa.gov/Your-Department-of-Health/Administrative/Grants%20and%20Funding/Pages/Traumatic-Brain-Injury.aspx#.V3KAe53D9Mw

http://www.health.pa.gov/Your-Department-of-Health/Administrative/Grants%20and%20Funding/Documents/Safety%20in%20Youth%20Sports
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