Concussions in Youth Athletes - Utah
Governor Herbert signed HB 204 into law on March 21, 2011. This law is called the Protection of Athletes with Head Injuries Act, and can be found at sections 26-53-101 through 26-53-301. (Utah Code Ann. §§ 26-53-101 through 26-53-401).
This law requires amateur sports organizations to adopt and enforce concussion policies. The statute defines “amateur sports organization to include a sports team, a public or private school, a public or private sports league, a public or private sports camp and any other public or private organization that organizes, manages, or sponsors a sporting event of its members, enrollees, or attendees. A child is an individual under the age of 18. Before permitting a child to participate, the organization must provide parents/guardians information on concussion policies and the parents/guardians must sign a form acknowledging their understanding of the concussion policy. If a child is suspected of sustaining a concussion, the child shall be immediately removed from participation and may not return until evaluated by a health care professional and cleared in writing.
The official versions of these sections are currently available online at:
There is no legislation pending at the present time to amend or repeal this statute.