What is the name of the PA Concussion Law?
The Safety in Youth Sports Act
When did this law go into effect?
July 1, 2012
Who does this law apply to?
The Safety in Youth Sports Act applies to coaches, parents, and students competing in interscholastic sports and athletic activities. Interscholastic athletics is defined under the public school code of 1949 and covers both public and nonpublic schools. This includes competitions associated with a school entity including cheerleading and club-sponsored sports activities.
Removal from Play:
Any student exhibiting signs or symptoms of a concussion or traumatic brain injury while participating in an athletic activity must be removed by the coach from participation at that time. Any game official, coach from the student's team, certified athletic trainer, licensed physician, licensed physical therapist, or other official designated by the student's school entity can determine whether a student is exhibiting signs or symptoms of a concussion.
Return to Play:
A coach may not return an athlete to play until they are evaluated and cleared for return to participation in writing by one of the following medical professionals:
A licensed physician who is trained in the evaluation and management of concussions or a licensed or certified health care professional trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and designated by such licensed physician.
A licensed psychologist neuropsychologically trained in the evaluation and management of concussions or who has postdoctoral training in neuropsychology and specific training in the evaluation and management of concussions.
Educational Materials & Acknowledgements:
Each school year, before participating in any athletic activity, the student and the student's parent or guardian must sign and return to the student's school an acknowledgment of receipt and review of a concussion and traumatic brain injury information sheet.
Training & Certifications:
Coaches participating in interscholastic athletics are required to complete concussion training every year.
Approved Courses for Coaches:
The school entities shall establish the following minimum penalties for any coach violating removal from play/return to play guidelines:
1st violation: suspension from coaching any athletic activity for the remainder of the season.
2nd violation: suspension from coaching any athletic activity for the remainder of the season and the following season.
3rd violation: permanent suspension from coaching any athletic activity.