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Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Idaho

Requires development of concussion guidelines

A weak youth sports concussion safety law (Chapter 294) was signed into law by the governor of Idaho on April 11, 2010.

HB 676 only requires the state Board of Education to develop guidelines and information to educate coaches, youth athletes, and parents/guardians about the nature and risk of concussions and head injury.

The guidelines and information must be made available online and may be used by all organized youth sport organizations or associations in the state.

Unlike stronger concussion laws passed in other states, the Idaho law does not, among other things, require removal of athletes from games or practices if they are suspected to have suffered a concussion, or require medical clearance before return to play.

For a list of states which have passed youth sports concussion safety laws, click here.

Posted March 31, 2011