Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

 NYS law requires that students who sustained, or are suspected of having sustained, a concussion during Athletic Activities (interscholastic sports) are to be immediately removed from such activities. Such students may not return to athletic activities (interscholastic sports) until they have been symptom-free for a minimum of 24 hours and have been evaluated by and receive written and signed authorization to return to activities from a duly licensed physician.

Concussion FAQs 

NYSED Laws, Regulations, Guidelines, and Practice Memos Regarding Concussions

NYSED Approved Concussion Training Courses (Must be completed every two years).

The webinars listed below are national training videos.  NYS  scope of practice may differ from what is described in the training. RNs, LPNs, and ATCs practicing in NYS must follow NYS laws in regards to licensing and scope of practice. Before starting the registration process for the Heads Up Concussion Training Course print these two CDC resources for reference:

If you experience difficulties taking the training course or obtaining the certificate, please contact the CDC at with your questions. if you are unable to complete the course after contacting the CDC and following their instructions, please contact the Center at

NYS School Nurses (All Levels) and Certified Athletic Trainers in Secondary Schools-NYSED has approved the free CDC course: Heads Up to Clinicians for these professions (45 minutes).

Coaches and PE Teachers -
NYSED has approved the free CDC course Heads Up, Concussion in Youth Sports for both of these professions.

Assessment Tools 

Baseline and post-injury concussion assessment tools such as the ACE (Acute Concussion Evaluation), ImPact, Scat 3, and FAQs on Baseline Testing (who can perform)

Resources for Return to School

Concussion Incident Tracking and Reporting Forms

Heads Up Concussion Resources-CDC

NYS Department of Health

On 12/2/19, Article 25 of the public health law was amended by adding a new Title VII entitled YOUTH SPORTS, Section 2595, tackle football programs to require information on concussions to be provided to all parents of children playing tackle football. This law is effective on 12/2/19.
A copy of the text is provided below. You access the law here.

Public Health § 2595. Football programs; information on concussions.
1. All tackle football programs in the state shall provide an informational packet about concussions and sub-concussive blows, and the injuries that might occur as a result of receiving such blows, to the parents or guardians of all children participating in such tackle football program. The informational packet shall be provided by the department and shall be available to be downloaded free of charge from the department's website. (Note: Department refers to the NYS Department of Health)
2. For the purposes of this section, "tackle football program" shall include any practice, game or other activity which involves engaging in tackle football and which is organized by a school, adult, or public or private league or other entity whose purpose is to allow children to participate in contact football.

NYSDOH Sports-Related Concussion Resources

Provides links to information on tackle football, "When in Doubt...Take Them Out!" sports-related concussion prevention campaign, and LEARNet, a resource developed by the Brain Injury Association of New York State, includes a problem-solving system designed to help identify useful procedures for helping students with brain injury in school and at home. (10/2019)

NYSPHSAA (NYS Public High School Athletic Association) Safety and Research Page

Provides information related to high school athletics, including a summary of the concussion law, sample policies, guidelines and procedures, student and parent information sheets, symptom checklists, and other concussion management support materials.

Professional Organizations

Additional Resources

ESPN Video- Life Changed by Concussion

Page Updated 5/7/21