Senate Approves ‘Concussion Bill’ Unanimously

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would provide protections for youth athletes who suffer concussions by preventing them from returning to play until cleared by a doctor, reports The Tennessean.
The bill will now move on to the state House, where it will first be considered by a subcommittee next week.
The bill’s lead sponsor in the Senate, Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, has touted the legislation as providing important protections to prevent young athletes from suffering serious brain injuries by returning to their sport too soon after a concussion. The bill would apply to children under 18 who play private or public school sports, or in recreational leagues that require a fee, such as club soccer organizations.
The bill (SB882) has the support of the National Football League, the Tennessee Medical Association, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletics Association and the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society. Tennessee is one of seven states without a concussion law.
Under the bill, coaches, parents, league administrators and players would be educated on a yearly basis about the dangers of concussions and brain injuries. Any athlete displaying concussion symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, headaches, confusion and blurred vision would be required to be removed from practice or competition immediately. And any athlete diagnosed with a concussion could not return to play until cleared by a doctor, osteopath or neuropsychologist
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