TN Senate passes youth concussion policy bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLTAP) -- Schools and other organizations with youth athletic programs would be required to adopt concussion policies under a proposal that passed the Senate on Thursday.

Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville sponsored the bill and it was unanimously approved 30-0.

The legislation is similar to laws passed in 42 other states 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 would require schools to adopt guidelines to educate coaches, school administrators, athletes and their parents about the symptoms and dangers of concussions.

If it becomes law, injured students wouldn't be able to resume the sport until a medical professional clears their return.

The House Education Subcommittee will vote on the companion bill next week.

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