On January 25, 2011 Attorney, Richard H. Adler, and Dr. Stanley Herring, MD (Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Sports Concussion Clinic) presented “Management of Sports Concussion Injuries with Special Reference to the Zackery Lystedt Law.” The two part presentation began with Dr. Herring outlining the signs and symptoms of concussions, how to properly diagnose and treat a concussion for healthcare providers, and return to play standards and medical clearance for youth athletes. In part two, Mr. Adler discussed the core principals of the Zackery Lystedt Law and how it impacts students, parents, coaches, and healthcare providers by requiring the new ‘Concussion Information Sheet’ to be signed by parents and students and requiring coaches to be trained on concussions and the need to remove students from practice or competition immediately after a concussion. The event was hosted by Seattle Spine & Sports Medicine and attendance was to capacity with an integrated audience including medical doctors, chiropractors, therapists, case managers, and attorneys.
The Zackery Lystedt Law was signed into law in the state of Washington on May 14, 2009. This law was the first in the nation aimed at preventing preventable brain injuries for youth athletes by standardizing the return to play procedures in school districts across Washington State. Several other states have passed similar Lystedt-type laws including Oregon, Oklahoma, Virginia, New Mexico, Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas and Rhode Island. Additional States in progress for passing this law include Florida, Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana, California, Wyoming, Utah, and New York. Mr. Adler drafted the legislation and organized a broad range of community and corporate partners in support of the law in Washington State. And now that the law is passed and getting implemented, Mr. Adler and Dr. Herring continue their work as key individuals in educating and obtaining the support of national sports medicine groups and key organizations across the United States to join their work in having the Lystedt Law adopted in all 50 states in the USA.