Concussions in Youth Athletes - West Virginia
On May 1, 2013, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed SB 336 into law. The new law can be found in the Education statute of the West Virginia Code at § 18-2-251 and is titled Management of concussions and head injuries in athletic at West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission member high school or middle. The new law becomes effective July 12, 2013.
The law applies to interscholastic athletes who participate at any member high or middle school of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. It requires the Commission to promulgate rules addressing concussion and head injuries in interscholastic athletics. A concussion and head injury information sheet must be signed by the athlete and parent on an annual basis prior to the start of season. Each head high school and middle school coach of an interscholastic sport at a Commission member school must annually complete a concussion and head injury recognition and return to play protocol course. An athlete suspected of sustain a concussion shall be removed from play at that time and may not return until evaluation by qualified licensed health care professional and written clearance to return to play is provided. All member schools must submit a report to the Commission within 30 days regarding a suspected concussion or head injury
The text of the new law is not available generally online.
The text of SB 366 can be viewed online at: