Its been almost three years since Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire signed the first-in-the-nation law protecting youth athletes and concussion by removing the child from a game or practice after a concussion and requiring medical clearance by a licensed healthcare provider. The law was named after Zackery Lystedt. Since that day, the three key components of the Zackery Lystedt Law are now law in 36 states (most recently Hawaii and Florida) and the District of Columbia. Since 2009, the Lystedt Family continue to spread their message to ensure that all youth athletes are protected from experiencing the same tragedy by preventing preventable brain injuries. Richard H. Adler, as Chairman of the Brain Injury Association of Washington has worked with many other coalition partners, including Stan Herring, MD (UW Medicine/Seattle Seahawks Team Physician), over the last three years have with countless Monday lunch phone conferences, presentations, and traveling to deliver the message, “when in doubt, sit them out.”
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