Coach's Concussion Resources Fact Sheet
Last Updated on Friday, 11 September 2009 20:39 Written by Pat Ryan Thursday, 06 August 2009 07:40
On May 14, 2009 the Governor of Washington Christine Gregoire signed the Zackery Lystedt Law. Effective July 26, 2009, the Lystedt Law directly affects youth sports and head injury policies particularly how you, as a coach, need to respond to player injuries. The new law requires that:
- An informed consent must be signed by parents and youth athletes acknowledging the risk of head injury prior to practice or competition
- A youth athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury must be removed from play – “when in doubt, sit them out”
- A youth athlete who has been removed from play must receive written clearance from a licensed health care provider prior to returning to play
- A concussion is a brain injury.
- All concussions are serious.
- Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness.
- Concussions can occur in any sport.
- Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.