Thursday, May 14, 2009

Washington State adopts tough concussion law

Washington now has what advocates say is the nation's toughest law regulating when high school athletes can return to games after having sustained a concussion.

The law signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday prohibits athletes under 18 suspected of sustaining a concussion from returning to play without a licensed health care provider's approval.

The law also requires each of the state's school districts to work with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to develop a standard for educating coaches, players and parents of the dangers of concussions and head injuries.

The law is named after Zackery Lystedt, a 16-year-old in Maple Valley who suffered a life-threatening brain injury in 2006 after he returned to play football following a concussion.

-- Observer News Services