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Zackery Lystedt Law - House Bill 1824

On May 14th 2009, Gov. Christine Gregoire signed the nation's toughest youth athlete return-to-play law.

The new law (House Bill 1824), known as the Zackery Lystedt Law, requires medical clearance of youth athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion, before sending them back in the game, practice or training.

The new law is the most comprehensive return-to-play law in the United States for athletes under 18. More than 3.5 million sports-and-related concussions occur each year in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Key provisions of the new law require:

The new law was sponsored by Rep. Jay Rodne, R-North Bend, with support from BIAWA, Zackery Lystedt's parents Victor and Mercedes Lystedt, and a large coalition of supporters that include: The Center for Disease Control, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Washington State Youth Soccer Association, Washington State Athletic Trainers Association, Cannfield & Associates Risk Managers, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle Children's Hospital.

As a direct result of the "Lystedt Law," Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children's are launching a sports concussion program for children, teen and adult athletes to evaluate, treat and provide medical clearance to return to sports following a concussion.