Concussion bill aims to protect teen athletes

Bill requires coaches to remove players after head injuries

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A bill requiring coaches  to immediately remove players from a game or practice following a head injury  is heading to Gov. Rick Scott's desk.

 The bill also prevents the student-athlete from returning to competition until cleared by a doctor.

The Senate unanimously passed the measure Thursday. It also requires a parent or guardian to sign a consent form about the risk of concussions before  students can join a team.

The National Football League released a statement calling the bill a big victory for all young Florida athletes who will now be safer and better protected from the risks of preventable, repeat concussions.

Multiple concussions over time can cause irreversible brain damage that result in victims suffering difficulty thinking and controlling emotions.

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