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New laws aim to protect young athletes from injury

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Posted: Aug 10, 2011 1:05 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Louisiana, young athletes, injury, Sen. Sherri Smith Cheek, concussions, Rep. Christopher Roy, high school athletes, sports officials, WBRZ

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
school athletes.

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.

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