2017 Maryland Code
Health - General
Title 14 - General Day Care
Subtitle 5 - Youth Sports Programs
§ 14-501. Concussions, head injuries, or sudden cardiac arrest in youth sports programs.

  • (a) Definitions. --
    • (1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
    • (2) "Concussion" means a traumatic injury to the brain causing an immediate and, usually, short-lived change in mental status or an alteration of normal consciousness resulting from:
      • (i) A fall;
      • (ii) A violent blow to the head or body; or
      • (iii) The shaking or spinning of the head or body.
    • (3) "Sudden cardiac arrest" means a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
    • (4) "Youth athlete" means an individual who participates in an athletic activity in association with a youth sports program conducted:
      • (i) At a public school facility; or
      • (ii) By a recreational athletic organization.
    • (5) "Youth sports program" means a program organized for recreational athletic competition or instruction for participants who are under the age of 19 years.
  • (b) Youth sports program to make available information on concussions, head injuries, or sudden cardiac arrest. --
    • (1) A youth sports program shall make available information on concussions, head injuries, and sudden cardiac arrest developed by the State Department of Education under ยงยง 7-433 and 7-436 of the Education Article to coaches, youth athletes, and the parents or guardians of youth athletes.
    • (2) A coach of a youth sports program shall review the information provided in paragraph (1) of this subsection.
  • (c) Removal from play; written clearance required for return to play. --
    • (1) A youth athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or other head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from play at that time.
    • (2) A youth athlete who has been removed from play may not return to play until the youth athlete has obtained written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.
  • (d) Notice by local government for use of government owned facility. -- Before a youth sports program may use a facility owned or operated by a local government, the local government shall provide notice to the youth sports program of the requirements of this section.
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