Concussions in Youth Athletes - New Mexico
Governor Richardson signed SB1 into law on March 9, 2010. This law can be found at section 22-13-31 of the New Mexico Code, under the title on public schools and the chapter on courses and instruction and school programs. (N.M. Stat. § 22-13-31)
This law requires that coaches may not allow any student exhibiting the symptoms of a brain injury to participate in an athletic activity. Any student suspected of a brain injury may return to participation no sooner than one week after receiving the injury and only after receiving a medical release from a licensed health care professional. School districts must provide training to coaches and the New Mexico activities association must develop rules and protocols regarding concussions. In addition, an information sheet on concussions must be provided to each parent/guardian at the start of the school year and be signed and returned by the parent/guardian before their child may participate in the athletic activity.
The official version of this section is currently available online at:
http://www.nmonesource.com/nmnxtadmin/NMPublic.aspx (search concussion)
At the present time there is no legislation pending in the New Mexico Legislature to amend or repeal this statute.