Governor signs sports concussion bill
By MEGAN MANAGAN
Mercer Island Reporter Reporter
May 19, 2009 · 11:18 AM
Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill on Thursday that put into law a rule which will keep athletes under the age of 18 from returning to an athletic event if they have suffered a concussion without a health care provider’s approval.
The Zackery Lystedt law, also known as House Bill 1824, was named after a 16-year-old Maple Valley student who suffered life-threatening injuries after returning to a football game following a concussion.
The new law will require districts to work with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to create a plan for educating coaches, players and parents on the issues surrounding head injuries.
View a copy of House Bill 1824 at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo.Contact Mercer Island Reporter Reporter Megan Managan at email@example.com or (206) 232-1215 ext. 5054.