Concussions in Youth Athletes - Wyoming
The Wyoming law can be found at sections 21-2-201 and 21-3-110 of the Wyoming Code, under the title dealing with Education. (Wyo. Stat. Ann. §§§ 21.2-201(c)(iv) and 21-3-110(a)(xxxii).
Wyoming law requires the state superintendant and the board of trustees for each school district to develop protocols and guidelines regarding concussions, which no district shall be required to adopt. School district protocols must include training of coaches, restrictions on participation after sustaining a concussion, and means to provide concussion information to students and parents. Section 21-3-110(a)(xxxii) was amended with a July 1, 2015 effective date to provide that implementation of paragraph (a)(xxxii) shall be subject to the immunity provision of the Wyoming Governmental Claims Act.
The Wyoming Code is currently available online at:
http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/wystatutes/(using natural language button search full text for concussion)
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: http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html
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. Coaches online training can be accessed at:
- 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/