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 § 18-2-25a and is titled Management of concussions and head injuries in athletics at West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission member high school or middle school. The new law became 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 §18-2-25a can be viewed online at:
At the present time, there is no legislation pending to amend or repeal this statute.
On January 9, 2014, HB 2190 was filed for introduction. If enacted as proposed, HB 2190 would not substantively change the existing law. HB 2190 can be viewed online at: