The prevalence of head injuries in scholastic sports led the New York State Legislature to pass the Concussion Management and Awareness Act in 2011. Signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the law set down new guidelines for the state’s public high schools.
A student-athlete in any sport who is suspected of having a concussion must sit out until he or she is symptom-free for at least 24 hours, under the law. A doctor’s authorization is required to resume athletic activity. In addition, high school athletic trainers, coaches, nurses, and physical education teachers must undergo special training.