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Concussions in Youth Athletes - Virginia

Virginia

Governor McDonnell signed SB 652 into law on April 11, 2010. The law went into effect on July 1, 2011. This law can be found at section 22.1-271.5 of the Virginia Code, under the title dealing with education and the chapter dealing with pupils. (Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-271.5).

This law requires that the Board of Education develop and distribute guidelines and policies on concussion to each school division. Each school division must develop policies and procedures for the handling of suspected concussions in student athletes. To be eligible to participate in an extracurricular physical activity, the student and parent/guardian must annually review concussion information and both must sign an acknowledgement form. Any student suspected of sustaining a concussion must be removed from the activity at that time and may not return until evaluated by a licensed health care provider and given written clearance.

The official version of this section is currently available online at:

http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+22.1-271.5

There are a number of bills pending in the Virginia Legislature to amend the current law.

H.B. 36 was introduced on December 2, 2013, referred to the Education Committe and would not substantively amend existing law as presently proposed. H.B. 36 can be viewed online at:

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB36+hil

S.B. 160 was pre-filed on December 31, 2013, and referred to the Education and Health Committee. As proposed, this bill would require each non-interscholastic youth program using public school property to establish procedures for the recognition and handling of suspected concussions in student-athletes. It would define “non interscholastic program as one organized for recreational athletic competition or instruction for youth. S.B. 160 can be viewed online at:

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+SB160+hil

S. B. 172 was introduced on January 2, 2014 and referred to the Education and Health Committee. As proposed, the bill would expand applicability of the statute to non-interscholastic youth programs similar to S.B. 160. S.B. 172 can be viewed online at:

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+SB172+hil

H.B. 410 was introduced on January 3, 2014 and awaits referral to a committee. This proposed legislation is the House version of S.B. 160 and 172. H.B. 410 can be viewed online at:

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB410+hil

SB 1060 was presented on January 9, 2014. The legislation provides that school personnel shall be alert to cognitive and academic issues experienced by a student athlete after sustaining a concussion or other head injury and accommodate the gradual return of the student athlete to academic activities. SB 1060 can be viewed online at:

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?141+ful+HB1096