SB 200, the Safety in Youth Sports Act, was sent to the Governor's desk on November 1 to be signed into law. 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.