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Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Wyoming

Wyoming's youth sports concussion safety law (Chapter 190) was signed by the governor on March 10, 2011.

The law requires the state Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop a model protocol and to assist school districts in developing protocols for addressing risks associated with concussions and other head injuries from school athletics.

School districts are also required to adopt protocols to address risks associate with concussion and other head injuries, including providing training to coaches and trainers, restricting a student's participation in sports after suffering a concussion or head injury,
and distributing educational information to students and parents.

Unlike stronger concussion laws passed in other states, the Wyoming 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