8-16-13 Board seeks comment on concussion rules

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Board of Education wants the public’s comment on a rule that would require high schools to inform parents, coaches and student-athletes of the risk of sports-related head injuries and report those injuries within 30 days.

Earlier this year, legislators passed a bill requiring the Secondary School Activities Commission to draft rules aimed at preventing youth concussions.

Among other things, it requires schools to increase awareness and warn players of the risks of continuing to play after suffering a concussion.

The legislation also requires schools to create a written procedure for recognizing injuries and then clearing athletes to return to play, including the written permission of a licensed health care professional.

The board on Wednesday sent the rules for public comment. A final vote could come later this year.

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