Special Assignment preview: Mississippi’s youth concussion law

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Increased awareness stemming from the discovery of CTE and football-related deaths of former NFL players has produced a wave of new research evaluating the short-term and long-term effects of concussions and TBIs (traumatic brain injuries). The safety of athletes at all levels of play has led to legislation regarding increased safety measures and the development of a concussion protocol in treating athletes after they have sustained this type of injury.

In January 2014, Mississippi became the last state to pass legislation concerning concussions in youth sports. House Bill 48, or the Mississippi Youth Concussion law, defines the concussion protocol for school-sponsored athletic events for MHSAA, MAIS as well as non-members for grades seven through 12.

Newscenter 11’s Jessica Hunt evaluates the effect the law has had on the education of players, coaches, parents and clinicians in recognizing concussions and understanding the appropriate treatment in a two part series, Head Games, to air February 27th and February 28th at six and ten. The series will also explore shortcomings of the law and indicate room for improvement in the treatment of head injuries for student-athletes and youth sports participants.