Massachusetts Concussion Legislation would Ban Students in Grade 7 or Younger from Playing Football

Massachusetts Concussion Legislation would Ban Students in Grade 7 or Younger from Playing Football

Lawmakers from Massachusetts are recreating the legislation to force delaying the age when students can start playing football to protect the players from head concussions.

An Act for No Organized Head Impacts to Schoolchildren’ is a new set of legislation that ban students of 7th grade or younger from practicing or playing organized form of football.

The law holds the schools accountable for any kind of injury and the institution can face fines if they violate the law:

  • $2,000 for violation
  • $5,000 for graver violation
  • $10,000 if students suffer from serious injury

Students are allowed to participate in flag football or other forms of football that leave behind tackle play. The law spares other sports.

Causes of Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a sort of disruption of the normal functioning of the brain that result from a jolt or blow to the head. Injury or concussion is a milder form of TBI that can cause subtle changes in consciousness or mental alertness. The more severe the TBI, the longer the period of unconsciousness.

Symptoms of TBI aren’t easy to identify, especially if the person or those around the injured is unfamiliar with the symptoms. Headaches, vomiting, nausea, memory loss, memory fog or behavioral changes can result from injury.

Further Study on Concussions and its Impact on Young Players

In a recent study, researchers have found that head concussions affect the corpus callosum of the brain that integrates motor, sensory and cognitive functions. The research included 26 students that played football for a span of three months and 22 students that didn’t participate in sports. The result found out that only proper treatment and rest can heal the injury.

Other States are also Considering their Concussion Legislation

Other than Massachusetts, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and California are also banning tackle football for children under 12.

The National Conference of State Legislatures state that the 50 states of the USA are already focusing on ‘return to play’ law to reduce concussions among the youths. Washington took the initiative in 2009 and by 2015, all of the states sanctioned similar laws.

Most of the states of the USA mandate awareness training program on concussion. 48 out of 50 states of the USA order students to sit out for 24 hours at least after a head concussion.

South Carolina and Arizona let students join the game within a day with doctor’s approval.

Massachusetts injury law requires medical reports and clearance report to let the student return to sports. It ensures that schools maintain detailed records on the student’s concussion and its recovery.

Contact MA Personal Injury Lawyer

Concussions can be costly if the injuries are severe. Consult Massachusetts Personal Injury attorney of Singh Law 4U, Amit Singh to seek help in obtaining financial compensation. You can call 508-342-5551 / 401-374-7383 or write to for more information.