On April 2, 2012, Gov. Scott Walker signed the Wisconsin Concussion Law.
The law requires immediate
removal of an individual from a youth athletic activity if symptoms indicate a
possible concussion has been sustained. Subsequently, if a concussion is
confirmed, individuals may only return to competition or practice after being
evaluated by a trained health care provider. The health care provider is
required to provide written clearance in order for the athlete to return to
The law requires all youth athletic
organizations to educate coaches, student-athletes and parents on the risks of
concussions and prohibits participation in a youth activity until a parent or
guardian has returned a signed information sheet indicating they have reviewed
the materials. In addition, the state Department of Public Instruction was directed to develop guidelines and other
information to educate coaches, athletes and parents about the risk of
concussions and head injuries in all youth sports, including club sports.
The law also includes
provisions to protect coaches, officials or volunteers from liability if they
fail to remove an athlete from competition, unless there is gross negligence or
Section 1. 118.293 of the statutes
is created to read:
118.293 Concussion and head injury. (1) In this
(a) "Credential" means a license or certificate of certification
issued by this state.
(am) "Health care provider" means a person to whom all
of the following apply:
1. He or she holds a credential that authorizes the
person to provide health care.
2. He or she is trained and has experience in
evaluating and managing pediatric concussions and head injuries.
3. He or she
is practicing within the scope of his or her credential.
(c) "Youth athletic
activity" means an organized athletic activity in which the participants, a
majority of whom are under 19 years of age, are engaged in an athletic game or
competition against another team, club, or entity, or in practice or preparation
for an organized athletic game or competition against another team, club, or
entity. "Youth athletic activity" does not include a college or university
activity or an activity that is incidental to a nonathletic program.
consultation with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, the
department shall develop guidelines and other information for the purpose of
educating athletic coaches and pupil athletes and their parents or guardians
about the nature and risk of concussion and head injury in youth athletic
(3) At the beginning of a season for a youth athletic activity,
the person operating the youth athletic activity shall distribute a concussion
and head injury information sheet to each person who will be coaching that youth
athletic activity and to each person who wishes to participate in that youth
athletic activity. No person may participate in a youth athletic activity unless
the person returns the information sheet signed by the person and, if he or she
is under the age of 19, by his or her parent or guardian.
(4) (a) An athletic
coach, or official involved in a youth athletic activity, or health care
provider shall remove a person from the youth athletic activity if the coach,
official, or health care provider determines that the person exhibits signs,
symptoms, or behavior consistent with a concussion or head injury or the coach,
official, or health care provider suspects the person has sustained a concussion
or head injury.
(b) A person who has been removed from a youth athletic
activity under par. (a) may not participate in a youth athletic activity until
he or she is evaluated by a health care provider and receives a written
clearance to participate in the activity from the health care provider.
(a) Any athletic coach, official involved in an athletic activity, or volunteer
who fails to remove a person from a youth athletic activity under sub. (4) (a)
is immune from civil liability for any injury resulting from that omission
unless it constitutes gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.
Any volunteer who authorizes a person to participate in a youth athletic
activity under sub. (4) (b) is immune from civil liability for any injury
resulting from that act unless the act constitutes gross negligence or willful
or wanton misconduct.
(6) This section does not create any liability for, or
a cause of action against, any person.
Concussion Law - Act 172 - Statute 118.293
NEW! Free CDC course for Health-Care
The CDC has created a
new FREE online training to provide health care professionals
with an overview of what they need to know about concussion among young
athletes. The goal of this course, Heads Up to Clinicians: Addressing Concussion
in Sports among Kids and Teens <http://www.preventingconcussions.org/> , is to prepare
health care professionals to diagnose and manage concussions on the sidelines,
in their office, training room, or in the emergency department. In this course
health care professionals will:
- Examine current
research on what may be happening to the brain after a concussion
- Understand why young
people are at increased risk
- Explore acute
concussion assessment and individualized management of young
- Learn about the
5-Step Return to Play Progression and helping athletes safely return to school
- Focus on prevention
and preparedness to help keep athletes safe season-to-season
SPYF Athletes and Parents are required to read the attached Fact Sheets and to sign and
return the Attachment A form at Equipment Hand Out.
Athletes will not be allowed to practice or participate in any games
until the Attachment A form is handed in.
Please have your son/daughter read the attached Fact Sheet for Athletes.
Parents must read the attached Fact Sheet for Parents. Print out and
have the athlete and parent sign the Attachment A form.