Branstad signs concussion bill

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 08, 2011 7:20 AM

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Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill that will try to protect student-athletes from concussions Thursday.

Under the legislation, all school-district administrators in Iowa must educate coaches, student-athletes, and parents about the risks of concussions and other head injuries before the start of their sport’s season. If a student is suspected of having suffered a concussion, he or she must be removed from participation. The athletes may not come back to participate in practices or games until parents sign information sheets and the players are released by licensed health-care providers, provisions that don’t exist at present.

On Feb. 7, Sen. Amanda Ragan, D-Mason City, and Sen. Tod Bowman, D-Maquoketa, introduced a bill that would enforce more measures for concussion protection for student-athletes. The Senate voted 50-0 in favor of the “Youth Sports and Concussions” bill on March 15, and the bill passed the House unanimously on March 30.

— by Michelle McConnaughey

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