There’s been lots of discussion about concussions in young athletes lately, and now there is proposed legislation to deal with the problem.
Newly introduced bills in the state House and Senate propose to require education for players, coaches and parents about concussions, and also require removal of an athlete from a game or practice when a concussion is suspected. And there would be new rules about being cleared by a health professional before returning to action.
Twelve other states have similar laws already, and they seem to be helping, supporters said.
State Sen. Michelle Benson, the chief author of the Senate version of the bill, said:
“Emerging medical science has found that children and teens are more susceptible to concussions and they take longer to recover than adults. Concussions can occur in athletes of any age and in any sport. If those injuries are not handled properly, the impacts they have on a child’s physical and mental health can last a lifetime. The more parents, coaches, and youth athletes know about concussion symptoms and recovery, the better they can protect youth from brain injury due to concussion.”