New Mexico - Concussion/head injuries: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law addresses concussions/return to play.

New Mexico Statutes. 22-13-31.1. Brain injury; protocols; training of coaches; brain injury education.

A. A coach shall not allow a youth athlete to participate in a youth athletic activity on the same day that the youth athlete:

  • (1) exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a brain injury after a coach, a league official or a youth athlete reports, observes or suspects that a youth athlete exhibiting these signs, symptoms or behaviors has sustained a brain injury; or
  • (2) has been diagnosed with a brain injury.

B. A coach may allow a youth athlete who has been prohibited from participating in a youth athletic activity pursuant to Subsection A of this section to participate in a youth athletic activity no sooner than two hundred forty hours from the hour in which the youth athlete received a brain injury and only after the youth athlete:

  • (1) no longer exhibits any sign, symptom or behavior consistent with a brain injury; and
  • (2) receives a written medical release from a licensed health care professional.

New Mexico Statutes. 22-13-31.1. Brain injury; protocols; training of coaches; brain injury education.

A. A coach shall not allow a youth athlete to participate in a youth athletic activity on the same day that the youth athlete:

  • (1) exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a brain injury after a coach, a league official or a youth athlete reports, observes or suspects that a youth athlete exhibiting these signs, symptoms or behaviors has sustained a brain injury; or
  • (2) has been diagnosed with a brain injury.

B. A coach may allow a youth athlete who has been prohibited from participating in a youth athletic activity pursuant to Subsection A of this section to participate in a youth athletic activity no sooner than two hundred forty hours from the hour in which the youth athlete received a brain injury and only after the youth athlete:

  • (1) no longer exhibits any sign, symptom or behavior consistent with a brain injury; and
  • (2) receives a written medical release from a licensed health care professional.
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