ALBANY, NY – The Youth Concussion Law in New York State went into effect on Sunday.
The Youth Concussion Law requires any charter or public school student suspect of suffering a concussion to be immediately removed from play.
New York State was the 33rd state to pass a student-athlete concussion law. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the "Concussion Management Awareness Act" last September and schedule it to take effect on July 1.
Under the new law, parents of student-athletes must sign a permission slip before their kids can participate in practice or games.
If it is their first known concussion, the student cannot return to their sport until they are symptom free for 24-hours and have a doctor's note.
If it is their second or more concussion they must be symptom free for seven to ten days and have a doctor's note.
Physical education teachers, school nurses, and athletic trainers are also required to undergo concussion training.
However the new law does not apply to summer camps. The Ciccotti Family Recreation Center in Colonie runs several summer camps. The center says they follow strict guidelines when it comes to suspected concussions. The center says they dismiss the player from the game, notify the County Health Department and parents, and have a doctor's note in order to return to play.