Indiana passes youth football concussion law

Indiana has joined the ranks of 37 other states that have introduced laws to prevent injuries from repeat concussions in youth athletes, particularly football players.

The laws, collectively known as Zackery Lystedt Laws, became popular to protect youth athletes after a young boy, Zackery Lystedt, suffered a concussion during a game, but continued to play. He later collapsed on the field and needed two brain surgeries to fully recover from his injuries.

Indiana’s law, SB 93, requires parents to sign a form showing they understand the risk of concussions. It also prohibits players who are suspected of suffering a head injury from being put back in the game. They cannot play again until they pass an evaluation from a medical professional.

Repeated concussions can lead to strokes, which can lead to serious disabilities. If you have become disabled after suffering a stroke and need help seeking disability benefits, contact the long-term disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633.