Tennessee Sports Concussion Law
In April 2013, Tennessee became the 44th state to pass a sports concussion law designed to reduce youth sports concussions and increase awareness of traumatic brain injury.
To inform and educate coaches, youth athletes and their parents and require them to sign a concussion information form before competing.
To require removal of a youth athlete who appears to have suffered a concussion from play or practice at the time of the suspected concussion.
To require a youth athlete to be cleared by a licensed health care provider* before returning to play or practice.
* “Health care provider” means a Tennessee licensed medical doctor, osteopathic physician, clinical neuropsychologist with concussion training, or physician assistant with concussion training who is a member of a health care team supervised by a Tennessee licensed medical doctor or osteopathic physician.
Below you will find links for the required forms, trainings and guidelines that will equip coaches, parents and athletes to recognize and respond to sports related concussion.
The following trainings have been approved by the Department of Health as a "concussion recognition and head injury safety education course." Completion of one of the trainings on an annual basis fulfills the requirement of training for all coaches and athletic directors as required by the Tennessee Youth Sports Concussion Law.
The cost for this course is $5 and includes: a printable certificate and wallet card; inclusion in the searchable ConcussionWise Coaches Registry; access to course content for one year; and an automatic email reminder at renewal time.
The cost to complete certification with USA Football will range between $5 and $25 depending on your program's engagement level with their Heads up Football Program.
Additional Sports Safety Recognition
The Safe Stars initiative recognizes youth sports leagues throughout Tennessee for providing the highest level of safety for their young athletes. Safe Stars consists of 3 levels: gold, silver, and bronze, and involves implementation of policies around topics such as concussion education, weather safety and injury prevention. For more information about Safe Stars go to: https://tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/fhw/vipp/safe-stars-initiative