Effects of Legislation on Sports-Related Concussion

Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2016 May;27(2):513-27. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2015.12.006. Epub 2016 Mar 2.


Following the lead of Washington state and passage of the Lystedt Law in 2009, all states now have sports concussion laws designed to help protect youth athletes. This article examines the 3 basic tenets of youth sports concussion laws, challenges in implementation of state laws, and the first measures of success. Some of the major differences among state laws are also discussed.

Keywords: Athletics; Concussion; Legislation; Sports.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries*
  • Brain Concussion*
  • Humans
  • Sports
  • Sports Medicine / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Washington