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Concussion Laws Are Working, But Young Athletes Are Still At Risk

Football tackle at youth game during the day.

The law passed to prevent recurrent concussions in children seems to be working, but initial concussions are still a risk for young athletes.

“All 50 states and Washington, D.C., have enacted varying versions of Washington state’s Zackery Lystedt law, named for a 13-year-old football athlete who was disabled by a serious concussion in 2006. As the legislation was originally passed in Washington, the law requires coaches and trainers to undergo yearly training on how to recognize a concussion. It also requires athletes to leave the game if they’re suspected of having a concussion, and only allows them to return to play if a licensed health worker has signed off on the decision.”

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