Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed the Mississippi Youth Concussion Act into law yesterday, meaning that every state in the nation now has a youth sports concussion law.
The legislation, according to the NFL, “contains three core principles:
- Concussion education for young athletes and parents
- Immediate removal of an athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion or brain injury
- Mandatory clearance of the athlete by an appropriate health care provider – including a licensed physician, a licensed nurse practitioner or licensed physician assistant, who is trained in the evaluation and management of concussions – before returning to practice or competition.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said passage of the Act, which applies to school-sponsored/interscholastic sports in Grades 7 through 12, is “an important moment for all young athletes and their parents. During a week when all eyes are on the football field, we congratulate Mississippi leaders on helping to protect young players, no matter what sport they play. We will continue to focus on making our game better and safer and setting the right example for all athletes when it comes to health and safety.”