Youth Sports Head Injuries

Youth Sports Head Injuries SSL Draft

Summary:

This Act limits the liability of school districts for injuries suffered by youth who participate in youth programs on school property.

The Act directs school districts to work with the state interscholastic activities association to develop guidelines and inform coaches, athletes, and parents about the dangers of concussions and head injuries. The bill requires youth athletes and their parents or guardians sign a concussion and head injury information sheet for the athlete to be eligible to play in a program using school facilities.

The Act requires a youth athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury be removed from a practice or game. The athlete cannot return to play until the athlete has been evaluated by a licensed health care provider and received a written clearance to play.

Submitted as:
Washington
Chapter 475, Laws of 2009
Status: Enacted into law in 2009.

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