Concussions in Youth Athletes - Wyoming
Governor Mead signed SF 38 into law on March 10, 2011. This law can be found at sections 21-2-201, 21-2-202 and 21-3-110 of the Wyoming Code, under the title dealing with Education. (Wyo. Stat. Ann. §§§ 21.2-201(c)(iv),21-2-202(a)(xxxii) and 21-3-110(a)(xxxii).
This law requires the state superintendant and the board of trustees for each school district to develop protocols and guidelines regarding concussions. School district protocols must include training of coaches, restrictions on participation, and means to provide concussion information to students and parents.
The entire Wyoming Code, including these new sections, is currently available online at:
http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/wystatutes/ (using natural language button search full text for concussion)
At the present time there is no legislation pending to amend or repeal this statute. Until such time as Wyoming enacts more meaningful legislation, LLB encourages its leagues, teams and youth sports programs to familiarize themselves with the information and resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, available through their website: www.cdc.gov/Concussion
The Centers for Disease Control Prevention is helping to support states, leagues, and schools by developing educational resources in line with components in many of the return to play laws through the development of a FREE Heads Up program.
The Centers for Disease Control Prevention Heads Up initiative provides the following:
- Online course for coaches and parents. In under 30 minutes coaches and parents can learn about identifying a suspected concussion and how to respond. After completing the training and quiz, coaches and parents can print out a certificate, making it easy to show their league or school they are ready for the season. Coach online training can be accessed at: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_training.html
- Parent/Athlete information sheet with signature lines that can be ordered or downloaded and distributed during registration or prior to the first practice.
- Online course for health care professionals on concussion in sports diagnosis and return to school and play management. This one hour course provides an overview of what health care professionals need to know about concussion in sports and includes a free continuing education opportunity through the American College of Sports Medicine. Healthcare professionals’ online training can be accessed at http://preventingconcussions.org/