Ga. Lawmaker Calls for Tougher Concussion Guidelines for Student Athletes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia state lawmaker wants to protect student athletes who may suffer from concussions during games or practice.

Rep. Billy Mitchell, a Stone Mountain Democrat, pre-filed a bill Wednesday that would require any student athlete who may have suffered a concussion to be immediately removed from a game or practice. The student would not be allowed to return to play until he or she is examined and cleared by a doctor.

The bill also would require school districts to adopt and implement policies on the identification and handling of suspected concussions.

Student athletes and parents would also have to review materials describing the short- and long-term health effects of concussions and to sign a statement acknowledging that they'd received the information.

The new guidelines would take effect Jan. 1, 2013.


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