Research has shown that concussions – a type of traumatic brain injury – can cause permanent brain damage and long-term medical complications.
Because they can be especially dangerous in children, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed the Safety in Youth Sports Act, which became effective July 1, 2012. Pennsylvania is the 31st state to pass a strong youth sports concussion safety law.
Who This Law Protects
This law applies to and covers:
Concussions and Removal From Play
Athletes showing signs or symptoms of a concussion or traumatic brain injury must be removed from play immediately by the coach. A game official, coach, certified athletic trainer, physician, physical therapist, or other designated official can alert the coach if they notice a player showing concussion symptoms.
Once an athlete is removed from play for signs of concussion, they can't return to play until they've been cleared medically by:
Please note that athletic trainers can remove an athlete from play, but they can't give medical clearance for the athlete to return to play.
Punishment for Coaches Not Following the Act
Coaches who do not follow the safety standards set forth in the Act are punished as follows:
Education and Training
Also under the new law, the Pennsylvania Departments of Public Health and Education must develop and make available materials (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to inform and educate students, parents, and coaches about concussions, the risks of concussions and traumatic brain injuries, and the dangers of continuing to play or practice while suffering a concussion or traumatic brain injury.
Read full details about Pennsylvania's Safety in Youth Sports Act.
Concussions have been a high profile news topic, but traumatic brain injuries don't just happen on the playing field. They are also common injuries in car accidents, slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, etc.
Traumatic brain injuries can change lives forever. If your child suffered a concussion or other type of traumatic brain injury in an accident, contact Edgar Snyder & Associates for a free legal consultation.
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