Nixon Signs Mo. Youth Concussion Legislation
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has approved legislation aimed at reducing the risks from concussions in young athlete.
Under the new law, players who appear to have a concussion or brain injury would be removed from games or practice and sit out at least 24 hours. They could return only with clearance from a health care provider trained in evaluating and treating concussions.
The measure also requires health, school and sports officials to jointly develop guidelines and information about concussions and brain injuries for coaches and athletes. Players and parents would need to sign annual forms with information about such injuries.
Nixon signed the bill Wednesday.
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