Earlier this week, a new City of Boston ordinance designed to limit concussions in contact sports went live.
The new rule requires that all public and private school sports teams in Boston have concussion training and management procedures before kids under 18 can participate in athletics. Specifically, coaches and administrators must receive annual head injury training.
The ordinance also applies to any independent organization looking to use city-owned facilities: (http://concussionpolicyandthelaw.com/2012/08/28/city-requires-concussion-training-for-athletes-coaches-before-it-will-lease-fields/).
Some municipalities have taken things a step further. The City of Ashland has passed a law that, starting Jan. 1, requires all parents, coaches, and athletes over 10 to receive education in how to recognize and respond to a concussion. In addition, all athletes suspected of having a concussion cannot return to play without written medical clearance.