House Passes Youth Concussion Bill

The state House of Representatives passed a bill today to increase safety measures in youth sports and reduce the number of concussions children receive during practice and play. The Tennessean reports that the law requires mandatory education for parents, coaches and young athletes about the dangers of concussions and that children who have had a concussion to refrain from playing again until cleared by a doctor. Spurred by the story of a middle school football player in Washington state who suffered a serious brain injury after returning to play too quickly after a concussion, Tennessee will become the 44th state to pass such a law should Gov. Bill Haslam sign the bill as expected.