Wisconsin became the 36th state to enact a youth-concussion law on Monday, as Gov. Scott Walker held a special ceremony at Lambeau Field to commemorate the occasion.
The law contains all three components of the National Football League’s model legislation: Parents of students under 19 years old must sign a concussion-information form each season before their kids can participate on a sports team; any student-athlete suspected of a concussion must be immediately removed from play; and those student-athletes who get removed cannot return until obtaining medical clearance.
However, the law does not require any defined training for coaches or other school officials.
At the ceremony, Walker spoke about the dangers of concussions in the brains of youth-athletes, stressing the risk of second-impact syndrome.
“It takes even longer for younger athletes to recover from this type of brain injury. If they suffer a second or third concussion before they have had time to heal properly, the damages can be irreparable,” he said, according to the .
A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.