Concussions in Youth Athletes

Fifty (50) states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws which address concussions and protect the health and safety of young athletes.  Little League Baseball, Incorporated (LLB) has compiled a summary of all currently existing state laws regarding concussions in youth athletics.

Some laws are only applicable to school-sponsored athletics or to activities taking place on school-owned property. Some laws are applicable to all youth sports organizations, whether affiliated or not with a school district.  It is strongly recommended that local leagues consult with legal counsel in its jurisdiction to determine the applicability, if any, of state laws to its program regarding concussions.

In keeping with its focus on protecting the health, safety and welfare of children, LLB requires all leagues and teams to comply with all applicable laws and recommends the review of the information and training materials on concussions which are available free of charge on the Centers For Disease Control website at:

cdc.gov/headsup/

Free CDC HEADS UP Microsite Provides Concussion Safety Info for Your Website

The microsite offers a simple way for you to share HEADS UP tools and concussion safety information directly through your own website. All content is maintained by the CDC and syndicated to your site, which means that, once embedded, the microsite will automatically keep your site current with the latest HEADS UP content.

Check out the microsite and grab the embed code. For technical help please email: IMTech@cdc.gov.

Here are others ways to do your part to get concussion safety on every field:

• Download the HEADS UP concussion app.
• Customize CDC HEADS UP fact sheets and posters with your league logo and colors.
• Take an online training.

The microsite allows you to choose content by sport (baseball/softball) and provides color options to match your league. It includes links to popular HEADS UP resources, such as trainings and videos, as well as new sports-specific safety tips.

More information on how to review an individual state’s concussion law can be found by clicking the particular state link below.

The information that follows is current up to and including: January 2, 2019.

State Concussion Laws

  • Federal

    There is no current federal law related to concussions or concussion management programs.  However, on December 21, 2018, HR 6615 – Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act of 2018 became Public Law 115-377 and provided for the implementation of concussion data collection by the CDC and analysis in order to determine the prevalence and incidence of concussion on a national basis.

    HR 6615 can be view online at:

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/6615/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22concussion%22%5D%7D&r=5&s=5