Gov. Corbett Signs New Law Protecting Student Athletes From Traumatic Brain Injury

November 10, 2011

In an effort to better help, support, and protect student-athletes who have suffered concussions, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, signed a piece of legislation called the Safety in Youth Sports Act. NBC-Philadelphia reported that the bill was signed into law earlier today.

The bill will allow for the creation and implementation of better information and training for parents, athletes, and coaches on recognizing the signs of traumatic brain injuries and the best methods of treatment for such injuries.

Under the new rules, coaches will be required to pull a student-athlete from a game or practice if they show any signs of a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Further more, coaches will not be allowed to let a player return to the field or court until they are evaluated and cleared in writing by a physician or other healthcare professional who is specially trained in concussions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says estimates of concussion incidence range as high as 3.8 million injuries per year. This translates to an average of about 10 percent of all student athletes being affected by concussions or head trauma during any playing season.

The Pennsylvania Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys with Lundy Law are happy that lawmakers see the importance of ensuring the safety on the field for student-athletes suffering concussions. If you’ve suffered a brain injury, call Lundy Law today. We’re here to help.