High schools to take new approach to concussions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Indiana high schools must be more vigilant about making sure student-athletes who sustain concussions don't return to action until they're medically cleared under a new law that goes into effect on Sunday.

The law requires schools to remove student-athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion from play or practice immediately. It also specifies they are not allowed to return until receiving written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.

Schools also must inform and educate high school coaches, student athletes and parents of student athletes on the nature and risk of concussions.

Other new laws that go into effect in Indiana on Sunday include a highly publicized smoking ban and a change in the age when non-custodial parents can stop paying child support.


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