Friday, February 25, 2011

House butts heads over concussion bill
Associated Press - February 24, 2011 4:55 PM ET

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Members of the state House butted heads over a bill that aims to better protect student-athletes who suffer concussions while playing school prep sports.

Senate File 38 faces two more votes in the House. The bill sets standards on when student-athletes who suffer concussions can play again. The proposed bill applies to junior- and high-school students in Wyoming's public schools. Coaches also would be required to get training about concussions.

Proponents say sports concussions need to be addressed to protect athletes from dangerous head injuries. However, opponents say lawmakers should leave such details up to the high school athletic association. The proposed bill would apply to events sanctioned by the Wyoming High School Activities Association. These activities include football and cheerleading.


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