Posted: Aug 10, 2011 1:05 PM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. - Two new Louisiana laws aim to protect young athletes from serious injuries that often fail to get the treatment they need.
A law by Sen. Sherri Smith Cheek requires coaches in all sports involving kids 7 and older to complete an annual course in recognizing signs of concussions.
A second measure by Rep. Christopher Roy will address a wider range of injuries for high
The new laws prohibit an injured player from returning to the field before being cleared by a medical provider.
Both also require parents, athletes and sports officials to become educated about the
symptoms and risks of serious injuries.