New Laws on Concussions Protect Student Athletes

Starting this school year, public schools in Virginia are required to have concussion-management policies in place to help protect student-athletes.

The state is among more than 30 that have passed laws that aim
to protect young people who suffer concussions while playing sports. A handful of other states are considering similar measures.

Most of the states' concussion guidelines require an athlete to
leave competition or practice when a concussion is suspected, and
return after being cleared by a medical professional.

Most also require school athletic officials to educate coaches, athletes and parents about concussions.

Concussions occur when the brain jostles inside the skull after a blow.

Those injured can face long-term cognitive and physical disabilities.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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