Lystedt Law

On May 14, 2009 the Governor of Washington, Christine Gregoire, signed House Bill 1824, also known as the "Zackery Lystedt Law". Effective July 26, 2009, the Lystedt Law directly affects youth sports and Traumatic Brain Injuries and requires that:

  • An informed consent must be signed annually by parents and youth athletes acknowledging the risk of head injury prior to practice or competition
  • A youth athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion must be removed from play – "when in doubt, sit them out"
  • A youth athlete who has been removed from play must receive written clearance from a licensed health care provider prior to returning to play.
  • Read full House Bill 1824 "Zackery Lystedt Law"


PNS Lystedt Law Requirement

**Lystedt Law Coach Information

**Lystedt Law Parent & Athlete Form

**Lystedt Law Compliance Statement

**Forms updated 8/23/18 for the 2018-19 swim season

USA SWIMMING Guidelines for Concussion Management

USA Swimming acknowledges the growing concern around concussions and in an effort to take a proactive position regarding concussion management and ensuring the safety of our membership, has developed a Consensus Statement on Concussion Management with guidelines around the identification and management of concussions at the club and LSC level, as well as during competitions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define concussion as “a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious”. It is important that our participants, parents, coaches, volunteers, and staff are aware of the seriousness of head injuries at any level.


Clubs, LSCs, and Hosts are responsible for compliance with state laws regarding concussion management and education. Each state may have specific regulations that impact your club, coaches, officials, and/or events. Check the state laws and policies that apply to you.

All coaches should familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of concussions and share the information with their coaching staff, athletes, and parents. Ensure the membership is aware that USA Swimming provides members an excess accident medical insurance policy through Mutual of Omaha. This policy is excess to a member’s personal medical insurance coverage while participating in an USA Swimming sanctioned, sponsored, or approved event, including practice. The policy becomes primary if the member has no medical insurance coverage with a $100 deductible. No potential concussion should go untreated for lack of or limited medical insurance coverage.

Look for additional materials as they become available at, to help you understand and manage this risk. If you have any questions or concerns regarding USA Swimming’s Concussion Management Guidelines contact George Ward, USA Swimming Risk Manager.