Concussion Prevention

House Bill 284, sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Pruett (R-Eastman), was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal at Scottish Rite hospital April 23, 2013. HB 284, known as the “Return to Play Act of 2013,” is aimed at developing return-to-play policies for youth athletes who are concussed during a game or practice, in addition to educating parents on the risks of concussions.

Children’s worked closely with Rep. Pruett in crafting language that we believe will be the most effective in raising awareness of the dangers of second concussions among athletes, coaches, and parents and helping to prevent second concussions from occurring. 

Government Affairs would like to thank Rep. Pruett for his steadfast dedication to this issue, in addition to the Children's Sports Medicine team and neurosciences physicians for their expertise and feedback on the various components of the bill.

The bill went into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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WhatIsTheLaw?

Schools: House Bill 284, the Return to Play Act of 2013, requires all public and private schools to create a concussion policy that, at a minimum, includes these standards:

  • Before each athletic season, an information sheet that informs parents or legal guardians of the risk of concussions must be provided.
  • If a youth athlete (ages 7 to 18) participating in a youth athletic activity exhibits signs or symptoms of a concussion, he must be removed from play and evaluated by a healthcare provider.
  • Before a youth athlete can return to play, he must be cleared by a healthcare provider trained in the management of concussions.
Recreational leagues: HB 284 requires recreational leagues to provide an information sheet on the risks of concussion at the time of registration to all youth athletes’ (ages 7 to 18) parents or legal guardians.