published Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Concussion policy bill passes Tennessee Senate 30-0

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Schools and other organizations with youth athletic programs would be required to adopt concussion policies under a proposal that passed the Senate today.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville was unanimously approved 30-0.

The legislation is similar to laws passed in 42 other states and the District of Columbia that include provisions requiring students to be removed from an event if they show concussion symptoms, such as headaches, dilated eyes or vomiting.

The Tennessee proposal in particular would require schools to adopt guidelines to educate coaches, school administrators, athletes and their parents about the symptoms and dangers of concussions. Under the measure, injured students wouldn’t be able to resume the sport until a medical professional clears their return.

The companion bill is scheduled to be heard in the House Education Subcommittee next week.

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