California has modified existing school concussion law to apply the concussion requirements to youth sports organizations in which athletes participate, including swimming.
-The law requires that a youth athletic program must immediately remove an athlete from an athletic activity for the remainder of the day, if the athlete is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury , and prohibit the athlete from returning to the activity until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider, trained in the management of concussions, and acting within the scope of his or her practice. The athlete must receive written clearance from the licensed health care provider to return to the athletic activity. If the athlete is diagnosed with a concussion, they must go through a graduated return to play protocol of no less than seven days under the supervision of a licensed health care provider. Youth sports organizations must also notify the parents or guardians of athletes 17 or younger who have been removed from athletic activities due to suspected concussions.
-Youth sports organizations must also give a concussion and head injury information sheet to each athlete. The Concussion Acknowledgment Form shall be signed and returned by the athlete and, if the athlete is 17 years of age or younger, shall also be signed by the athlete’s parent or guardian, before the athlete initiates practice or competition. The Concussion Acknowledgment Form attached below may be sent and returned through an electronic medium including, but not necessarily limited to, fax or electronic mail.
Updated: February 2018
Updated: May 2018