Concussions in Youth Athletes - Rhode Island
Governor Carieri signed SB 2034 into law on June 9, 2010. This law can be found at section 16-91-1 through 16-91-4 of the Rhode Island Code, under the education title. (R. I. Gen. Laws §§ 16-91-1 through 16-91-4)
This law requires the Departments of Education and Health to work with the interscholastic league to develop guidelines and information on concussions. It requires a concussion information sheet be signed and returned by a parent/guardian prior to any participation in an athletic activity by a youth athlete. It also requires that school districts make concussion training available and require all coaches/volunteers to undergo a training program annually. A youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion is to be removed from the activity at that time and may not return to the activity until evaluated by a licensed physician and given written clearance.
Section 16-91-4 provides that all other youth sports programs not addressed by the act are encouraged to follow the act’s guidance.
The official versions of these sections are currently available online at:
There is no legislation pending at the present time to amend or repeal the existing law.