The Impact of Concussion Legislation

Protecting youth sport participants by regulating treatment

During the past few years, orthopaedic surgeons around the country who cover scholastic and club athletic teams have learned that their state legislatures have passed laws mandating that every child who sustains a concussion must be cleared by a qualified health professional before returning to sports. These regulations are one component of a nationwide effort supported by multiple stakeholders, including the National Football League (NFL), to protect youth athletes from the sequelae of traumatic brain injuries.

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