In August Missouri’s new law, which sets the protocol for treating young athletes who may have concussions, will go into effect. The “Show Me” State is one of many across the nation to enact such a law.
The legislation was signed July 13, and takes effect Aug. 28, according to the Kansas City Star.
The Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Prevention Act is one of many laws passed throughout the country as schools and lawmakers try to protect athletes from the sometimes long-term impact of repeated brain injury.
Under the Missouri law, any sports player who is suspected of having a concussion will be prohibited from competing in their sport for a minimum of 24 hours. And to return to the field, they will have to present written permission from a doctor.
According to the Kansas City Star, the new law also mandates that parents sign a brain-injury information sheet before a student athlete can practice or compete for a team.
At this point the law pertains to high school sports that are administered by the Missouri State High School Activities Association.