Mayor of the District of Columbia Vincent Gray signed the Athletic Concussion
Protection Act into law on July 27, 2011. The law requires that coaches
remove youth athletes performing in any sport from the game in the event
that there are signs or symptoms of concussion. The youth athletes will
not be permitted to return to play the sport until the player receives
clearance from a healthcare provider certifying that the youth is fit
to return to play.
Additionally, coaches will be required to receive training in the signs
and symptoms of concussion. We are pleased that the District of Columbia
is one of the first jurisdictions in the country to protect their youth
athletes against the consequences of head injury while engaged in sporting
activities. We congratulate Mayor Vincent Gray and the members of the
Council of the District of Columbia for unanimously approving this legislation
and implementing it as quickly as possible. Click here to read the approved bill.