All Articles by Lindsey Barton Straus, JD

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Vermont

The Vermont law, signed by Governor Pete Shumlin, on May 31, 2011, includes only two of the three components considered essential (inform and educate coaches, youth athletes and their parents/guardians about the nature and risk of concussions and require them to sign a concussion information form; and require a youth athlete to be cleared by a licensed health care professional trained in the evaluation and management of concussions before returning to play or practice) and not the third (requiring the immediate removal of athletes from games or practices if they are suspected to have suffered a concussion), it is considered a "weak" youth sports concussion safety law.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Nebraska

On April 14, 2011, Nebraska governor Dave Heineman signed the state's youth sports concussion safety bill  (L.B. 260) into law.  The Concussion Awareness Act will take effect July 11, 2012.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Maryland

On May 19, 2011, Governor Martin O'Malley signed Maryland's youth sports concussion safety law, adding the state to the 31 other states plus the District of Columbia (as of January 2, 2012) that have enacted a strong concussion safety and education law.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Kansas

On May 25, 2011, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the state's youth sports concussion safety act, which will take effect.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Alaska

On May 27, 2011, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed the state's youth sports concussion safety bill into law, adding the state to the list of  states that have passed strong legislation since May 2009.

Concussions Impair Cognitive Function in College Athletes

College-age athletes who had previously suffered a concussion performed more poorly on tests for verbal memory than those who had not, according to a new study presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine and 2nd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® in June 2011.

MyPlate Replaces MyPyramid To Promote Healthier Eating

The USDA's MyPlate has replaced its outdated and much-maligned Food Pyramid. The colorful quarters of the plate - green for vegetables, red for fruits, orange for grains, and purple for protein - are aimed at nudging Americans away from meals dominated by meat and starch and towards meals made up mostly of plant-based foods.

Sports Drinks for Sports, Energy Drinks Never, Says Pediatrics Group

Sports drinks should be consumed by children and adolescents only when there is a need for fluid, carbohydrate and electrolyte replenishment during and after prolonged, vigorous sports participation, while the ingestion of energy drinks should avoided completely, recommends the American Academy of Pediatrics in a report published in the journal Pediatrics.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Indiana

On May 10, 2011, Indiana governor Mitch Daniels signed a strong youth sports concussion safety act (Senate Enrolled Act 93) into law, becoming the sixteenth state since May 2009 to enact such a law.