Each year as many as 300,000 young people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), or what is more commonly known as a concussion, from playing sports. TBIs can have serious short and long term health effects and most states have passed laws aimed at reducing harm from brain injuries occurring at scholastic youth sports activities. This map identifies and displays key features of such laws across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and over time, from January 1, 2009 to May 1, 2015.
This page has been updated through May 1, 2015. To explore the variation in youth sports TBI laws, click the "Start Here" button below.
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In the past six years, every state and the District of Columbia has passed a law intended to protect youth athletes from repeat TBIs. The majority of these laws are structured following a three-tenet approach based upon the first youth sports concussion law passed in Washington.