Governor signs legislation requiring info packets on risks go to parents

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday signed legislation requiring tackle football programs in New York state to provide the parents or guardians of all players with information packets on concussions and sub-concussive blows, and the injuries that may result from receiving such blows.

According to the new law, programs affected include any practice, game or other activity in which children participate in tackle football and which is organized by a school, league, or other adult-run organization. The required information on concussions and sub-concussive blows must be available free of charge on the organization's website.

"The medical research on the long-term effects of concussions and sub-concussive hits continues to evolve and it is essential that we provide the parents of young athletes with the latest up-to-date information," said Cuomo, a Democrat. "Parents should have the facts when it comes to the well-being of their children and access to this information will help with decision-making and encourage best practices on the field."

Added Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, “This legislation is an attempt to inform and warn parents so that they can make an intelligent decision for the benefit of their children."