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Mississippi enacting youth concussion law

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Posted: Jan 27, 2014 1:29 PM
Source: Associated Press

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JACKSON, Ms. - Mississippi could enact a law requiring public and private schools to evaluate student athletes for concussion after they're shaken up during practice or competition.

A player with a concussion would be banned from play until fully recovered.

The House and Senate have passed House Bill 48 (http://bit.ly/1cWl94o ), and it awaits action by Gov. Phil Bryant.

The bill was pushed by the NFL and the Mississippi State Medical Association and supported by associations that govern school activities.

The National Sports Concussion Coalition says Mississippi is the last state without a youth concussion law.

The bill would not cover sports teams that are not affiliated with schools. House Public Health Committee Chairman Sam Mims says he doesn't want to put burdens on people who volunteer to coach those teams.

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