The Ohio Senate approved a bill Tuesday requiring that young athletes be removed from a game or practice immediately after showing symptoms of a concussion, according to the Columbus Dispatch
The measure still has to be approved by the state House because of changes made in the final Senate version. But supporters say it could be implemented next year as soon as the spring sports season begins, if Gov. John Kasich signs its.
The measure was passed in response to recent studies and new information detailing the potential long-term consequences of head injuries. It also follows the strengthening of laws in a number of states aimed at recognizing the symptoms of concussions and preventing long-term damage from brain trauma.
The bill requires more education for parents, youth coaches, and officials , and it bans young athletes who exhibit symptoms from playing sports until cleared by a doctor.
The measure calls for the Ohio Department of Health to develop an information sheet on concussions and head injuries that would have to be read and signed by parents and students before an athlete could play. It also requires coaches to complete a training program to help them better recognize the symptoms of brain trauma.
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