Gov. Jack Markell signed Delaware’s youth-concussion law on Tuesday, making it the 32nd state (along with the District of Columbia) to have one.
The law requires each student-athlete’s parent or guardian to sign a concussion-information sheet before he/she can practice or compete in games. Coaches must also undergo training at a yet-to-be-determined interval, set by the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association. And, like virtually every other state with a concussion law, any time a student-athlete is suspected of sustaining a concussion, he/she must immediately be removed from play and receive medical clearance before returning.
“When you look at the data and the long-term effects of concussions—especially repeat concussions—it paints an alarming picture,” Gov. Markell said, according to the
A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.