Student Athlete Concussions Bill Heads to Governor

4:52 PM, May 29, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A bill addressing how South Carolina schools deal with concussions and student athletes is heading to the governor's desk.

The bill would require coaches to pull athletes who show signs of concussions from competition.

Those students would not be allowed to return to play unless cleared by a medical professional.

Representative Peter McCoy, the bill's sponsor, says it will help protect children in our state, especially in situations with high emotions.

"You know they may wanna turn them around and put them right back in the game right away because it's a big game and a win may be on the line," said McCoy, a Charleston County Republican. "That critical check out is so important because what it's gonna do is have the coach and the actual team step back, take a look at this kid, put his best interest at heart, which are his physical capabilities later on down the line and protect him from further damaging himself and going right back into a game without being cleared by a medical doctor."

The bill also requires local districts to adopt policies about concussion and to review the information with students and parents.

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