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Concussions in Youth Athletes - South Dakota

South Dakota

Governor Daugaard signed SB 149 into law on March, 17, 2011. This law can be found at section 13-36-9 through 13-36-14 of the South Dakota Code, under the education title. (S.D. Codified Laws §§ 13-36-9 through 13-36-14).

This law requires that a concussion information sheet be developed by each school district and annually signed and returned by parents/guardians prior to a student participating in an athletic activity. It further requires coaches to receive annual concussion training. The law also provides that any student suspected of sustaining a concussion shall be immediately removed from participation and may not return until evaluated by a licensed health care professional, given written clearance to return, and no longer exhibiting symptoms of a concussion.

The official versions of these sections are currently available online at:

http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&Statute=13-36-9
http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&Statute=13-36-10
http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&Statute=13-36-11
http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&Statute=13-36-12
http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&Statute=13-36-13
http://legis.state.sd.us/statutes/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=Statute&Statute=13-36-14

There is no legislation pending at the present time to amend or repeal this statute.