Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday singed House Bill 284, which develops policies for youth athletes who suffer concussions during a game, according to a news release.
HB 284 requires local boards of education, governing bodies of nonpublic schools and governing bodies of state charter schools to implement a concussion policy that will:
•Provide a concussion form to parents and guardians
•Youth athletes shall be removed from the activity if they exhibit signs or symptoms of a concussion
•If a youth athlete is determined to have a concussion, they shall not return to play until they have received clearance from a medical provider
In addition, public recreation leagues are also required to provide a concussion form to parents and guardians, and it is strongly encouraged that they also apply the above components to their programs.