Concussion Bill Passes House; Headed to Senate for Concurrence

 SB 200, the Safety in Youth Sports Act, passed the House on October 5 and is headed to the Senate for concurrence, then to the Governor for his signature.  The bill aims to ensure that male and female student athletes who suffer concussions receive proper care and rest before they get back into the game.  

The bill states that a player who shows symptoms of sustaining a concussion should be removed from play and would not be able to return to play until they are cleared by an appropriate medical professional. It also would require students and a parent or guardian to annually read and sign a concussion and head injury awareness sheet before the student participates in practice or competition so they are better informed about injuries that may be sustained on the field. The bill also would require coaches annually to complete a concussion certification course. 

The Winter Group and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) worked closely with Senator Browne and Representative Briggs, who co-introduced the bill in the House, and numerous other groups to move this vitally important piece of legislation forward.  

Photo from Sen. Browne’s website with caption: Senator Pat Browne discusses his proposed Safety in Youth Sports Act (Senate Bill 200) at a press conference in the State Capitol attended by former Philadelphia Eagles Harold Carmichael and Mike Quick.  Photo date: 1/26/2011