What is the name of the NY Concussion Law?
The Concussion Management and Awareness Act
When did this law go into effect?
July 10, 20111 (enacted March 10, 2011)
Who does this law apply to?
The law applies to school coaches, nurses, certified athletic trainers, physical education teachers, and students in the state of New York.
Removal from Play:
The law requires that students who sustained, or are suspected to have sustained, a concussion during athletic activities are to be immediately removed from play. If there is any doubt as to whether the student has sustained a concussion, it will be assumed that the student has incurred an injury until proven otherwise.
Return to Play:
Students may not return to athletic activity until they have been symptom-free for not less than 24 hours and have been evaluated by and received written and signed authorization from a licensed physician. This written permission must be kept on file with the student's permanent health record.
Non-public schools may adopt such policies. Non-public schools should ask the appropriate governing athletic body (eg, New York State Public High School Athletic Association; Public School Athletic League) whether compliance with the Concussion Management and Awareness Act is required for participation in interscholastic athletics with public schools.
Educational Materials & Acknowledgements:
The NY Department of Health must post information pertaining to concussion signs and symptoms and mild traumatic brain injuries, possible causes of these injuries, and return-to-play and return-to-learn guidelines to their website.
Training & Certifications:
The Concussion Management and Awareness Act requires completion of concussion recognition and management courses every two years by school coaches, nurses, athletic trainers, and physical education teachers. Such courses must be approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).