By Zach Arnold | October 6, 2016
A recently passed California state law mandates that anyone under the age of 18 participating in a school-based sports or youth sports organization program who suffers a concussion or head injury must be removed from further activity and receive medical clearance from a doctor.
The big question is how much teeth there is going to be in enforcing this law.
The new law, Assembly Bill 2007, requires that anyone under 18 who suffers a head injury must take at least seven days to be slowly phased back into activity rather than immediate clearance. The law applies to anyone participating in baseball, basketball, motocross, boxing, cheerleading, diving, football, martial arts, gymnastics, hockey, rodeo, skateboarding, softball, soccer, swimming, and amateur wrestling.
Coaches and trainers involved in youth programs will also be required to undergo educational training on concussions before being allowed to supervise athletic activities. Sports programs will also be required to create concussion & head injury information sheets that athletes and their guardians must sign before being allowed to participate in activities.
It will be interesting to see how this law is implemented with the United States Fight League (pankration), USA Boxing, and CAMO and whether or not the legislation is worth the paper it’s printed on. This will be a topic of discussion at the October 18th Los Angeles meeting for the California State Athletic Commission.