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Washington State Concussion Law

Concussion Guidelines and Procedures

On July 26, 2009, House Bill 1824 – also known as the Zackery Lystedt Law – became effective.  The law will directly affect youth sports, head injury policies and future Washington Little League player registration processes.

Since the law has passed, all Washington District 2 Little Leagues must follow all steps outlined below to ensure they are compliant with the law.  The two requirements that directly affect registration processes include:

  • Annually require all players and the parent(s)/guardian(s) of those players to sign and return an informed consent form relating to the nature and risk of concussion or head injury. This information sheet shall include the signs and symptoms of concussion/brain injury and can be found below.
  • Ensuring that all coaches are educated in the nature and risk of concussion or head injury prior to the first practice/competition. This education shall include signs and symptoms of concussion/brain injury.  Resources for this education are available in both English and Spanish.

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Coach's Concussion Resources Fact Sheet

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:

  1. An informed consent must be signed by parents and youth athletes acknowledging the risk of head injury prior to practice or competition
  2. A youth athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury must be removed from play – “when in doubt, sit them out”
  3. 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.

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Parent's Concussion Resources Fact Sheet

A concussion is an injury that changes how the cells in the brain normally work. A concussion is caused by a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Concussions can also result from a fall or from players colliding with each other or with obstacles, such as a goalpost, even if they do not directly hit their head.

The potential for concussions is greatest in athletic environments where collisions are common. Concussions can occur, however, in any organized or unorganized sport or recreational activity. As many as 3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year.

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Athelete's Concussion Resources Fact Sheet

A concussion is a brain injury that:

  • Is caused by a bump or blow to the head
  • Can change the way your brain normally works
  • Can occur during practices or games in any sport
  • Can happen even if you haven’t been knocked out
  • Can be serious even if you’ve just been “dinged”


  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Bothered by light
  • Bothered by noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not “feel right”

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