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Concussions in Youth Athletes - West Virginia

West Virginia

The West Virginia law can be found in the education statute of the West Virginia Code at Section 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. West Virginia 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 sustaining a concussion shall be removed from play at that time and may not return until evaluation by qualified licensed health care professional trained in the evaluation and management 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:

http://www.legis.state.wv.us/legisdocs/code/18/WVC 18 - 2 - 25 A.htm

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