Concussion Guidelines and Information
UW Health Sports Medicine is committed to helping improve the safety of young athletes participating in sports.
In April 2012, Wisconsin passed a Youth Concussion Bill, Wisconsin Act 172, Statute 118.293, to protect the health and well-being of athletes less than 19 years of age who participate in an organized athletic activity. As youth athletic organizations, schools, coaches and officials prepare to be in compliance with the new law, the following educational resources may be useful.
Highlights of the Law
This important legislation about concussions in youth sports requires all youth athletic organizations to educate coaches, officials/referees, athletes and parents on the risks of concussions and head injuries.
The law prohibits participation in an organized youth athletic activity until the athlete and parent or guardian has returned a signed agreement sheet indicating they have reviewed informational materials on concussions and head injuries.
The law requires immediate removal of an individual from a youth athletic activity if they have signs, symptoms or behavior consistent with a concussion or head injury, or the coach, official or health care provider indicates a possible concussion has been sustained.
A person who has been removed from a youth athletic activity because of a determined or suspected concussion or head injury may not participate again until he or she is evaluated by a health care provider and receives written clearance from the health care provider to return to the activity.
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: Guidelines for Concussion and Head Injury
- Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association: Concussion Information and Forms
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Concussion in Sports: Heads Up
- Wisconsin Act 172 (pdf)