Pennsylvania House of Representatives Passes Safety in Youth Sports Act

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

The Pennsylvania state House of Representatives passed the Safety in Youth Sports Act aimed at preventing brain trauma and monitoring concussions in young athletes, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.

The act, developed by Rep. Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery County), includes provisions detailing that concussion-trained medical professionals must release in writing any injured athlete before he or she can return to athletic participation. The act is supported by the UPMC Sports Medicine.

Additionally, the act calls for the state department of health and education to develop educational guidelines and require parents to sign a form stating their knowledge of the risks involved in athletic activity. The act also states that all schools must hold preseason informational meetings in regard to concussion management and coaches must take an online course in concussion management.

The House voted to approve the measure 169-29. The state Senate must approve the act before it can receive the governor's signature.

Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report on the Safety in Youth Sports Act.

Read other coverage on concussion prevention:

- Cleveland Clinic Conducts Research on Equipment for concussion Prevention

- Dr. Hayley Queller Speaks to Congress About Concussion Prevention

- ImPACT Assessment Evaluates Cognitive, Physical Concussion Symptoms

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