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Concussions in Youth Athletes - New Mexico

New Mexico

The New Mexico 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).

New Mexico 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 no longer exhibiting signs, symptoms or behavior consistent with a brain injury and 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 at the start of the school year and be signed by the student athlete and the parent/guardian before their child may participate in the athletic activity. The law defines student athletic activity as a sanctioned middle, junior or high school function that the New Mexico activities association regulates. A student athlete is a middle, junior or high school student who engages in, is eligible to engage in, or seeks to engage in a school athletic activity.

The official version of this section is currently available online at:

http://www.nmonesource.com/nmnxtadmin/NMPublic.aspx (search concussion)

The following website offers additional information regarding New Mexico concussion law:

http://www.nmact.org/sports-medicine-advisory-committee (scroll down to concussion management)