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Concussions in Youth Athletes - Washington


The Washington law (the Zackery Lystedt law) can be found at sections 28A.600.190 of the Washington Code under title for Common School Provisions and 4.24.660 under Liability of school districts under contract with youth programs. (Wash. Rev. Code § 28A.600.190 and § 4.24.660).

Washington law requires each school district in conjunction with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to develop guidelines and information about concussions to be given to parents and students annually. Annually, the student and parent/guardian must sign and return this information sheet before the student may participate in the activity. A student suspected of sustaining a concussion must be removed immediately from play and may not return until evaluated by a licensed health care professional trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and cleared in writing.

Under section 4.24.660, a private non-profit group using school property must provide proof of insurance and a certificate of compliance with the provisions of this law. This section defines youth programs as any program or service offered by a private nonprofit group that is operated primarily to provide persons under the age of 18 with opportunities to participate in services or programs.

Washington legislative bill SSB 5083 was signed into law on April 17, 2015. Effective July 24, 2015, a private non-profit group using school property must also provide a certification that it is compliant with policies set forth in the newly added section (3) of the act relating to sudden cardiac arrest in youth athletes.

The official versions Washington Code Sections 28A.600.190 and 4.24.660 are currently available online at:

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=4.24.660(for amendments effective 7/24/2015, click on link “Change in 2015” (see 5083 – S. SL)

The following websites offer additional information regarding Washington Concussion law: