Dylan Steigers' Protection of Youth Athletes Act
Dylan Steigers -
was a charming, persuasive, and popular young man. He had the reputation of being a fierce and intimidating opponent and competitor. He would do anything for his teammates and coaches. A former Sentinel Spartan, Dylan went on to play college football in Oregon.
On May 8, 2010 during a spring football scrimmage Dylan suffered a traumatic brain injury. Dylan was flown to Boise, ID where he was treated. He was removed from life support the next day and passed away. The neurologist who cared for him explained that the injury appeared to be a blow and a twist causing a rupture in the main artery in his brain.
Student-Athlete & Parent/Legal Guardian Concussion Statement
Instructions on Completing the NFHS Learn Concussion In Sports Course
MHSA Concussion Administration Checklist
Letter to Medical Provider with RTP form
The Dylan Steigers’ Protection of Youth Athletes Act was brought to the 63rd Session of the Montana Legislature by Senator Blewett. During the 18 months prior to the session, numerous stakeholders worked diligently on drafting language suitable for protecting Montana youth athletes from
experiencing repeat concussions and possible long term symptoms. These stakeholders included the Governor’s Advisory Council on TBI, the Brain Injury Alliance of Montana, Montana High School Association, JC Weida (LAT, ATC), Tom Beers (attorney in Missoula), and Dr. Benjamin K. Phipps (Ortho Montana, Billings). It was important that the law address education on concussion, removal from play, and return to play.
On February 1, 2013 Senator Blewett introduced the bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and 27 Montanans testified on behalf of the bill. On March 15th, the bill was heard before the House EducationCommittee where 23 Montanans again traveled to Helena and shared their testimonies.
On April 11, 2013 the Montana Senate concurred and SB 112 was sent to Governor Bullock for his signature. On April 22, 2013 Governor Bullock was joined by Sponsor, Senator Blewett, Co-Sponsor, Senator Thomas, and many SB 112 supporters to sign the bill into law.