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Governor Robert Bentley Signed Youth Concussion Bill, HB 108, Into Law

Published: Jun 27, 2011 in General, Personal Injury

With this legislation the state of Alabama has taken a major step in protecting youth sports participants from concussion injuries, which account for major health risks, Birmingham personal injury attorney Keith T. Belt says.

The state of Alabama became the 23rd state enacting legislation in June when Governor Robert Benetly signed into law HB 108 sponsored by Representative Johnson. This law targets protection guidelines for youth sport participants by including the main principles of the Lystedt Law model legislation which has three primary tenets:

  1. Inform and educate youth athletes, their parents and guardians and require them to sign a concussion information form.

  2. Removal of a youth athlete who appears to have suffered a concussion from play or practice at the time of the suspected concussion.

  3. Requiring a youth athlete to be cleared by a licensed health care professional trained the evaluation and management of concussions before returning to play or practice.

The NFL supports and recognizes this legislation as critical to the health and well-being of the young players throughout the United States.

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