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Senate passes bill to protect athletes from concussions
The bill requires school athletes to sit out after concussion.

Karen Kasler

A bill aimed at protecting young athletes with concussions or head injuries has cleared the Ohio Senate. The measure requires coaches or officials to remove a player from a game or practice if the athlete shows signs of a concussion or is suspected of having one. Athletes would need approval from a doctor to return to play, but they could be treated by other medical professionals.

Republican Senator Cliff Hite of Findlay spent years coaching high school football, and says this bill will make choices easier for coaches.

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“Coaches don’t really know how to handle these situations. Even if we’ve had a little bit of medical training as a coach, this bill is really going to help coaches make the right decision.”

Coaches and referees would also have to be trained in how to recognize symptoms of concussions or head injuries. The bill now goes back to the House for likely approval of Senate changes.

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