Mississippi Lawmakers Approve Youth Concussion Bill

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Jackson, Miss.
Mississippi lawmakers have passed a bill requiring public and private schools to evaluate student athletes for concussion after they're shaken up during practice or competition. It awaits action by the governor.

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

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 all other states already have similar laws.

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.