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Lawmakers consider sports concussion law

Published On: Mar 21 2013 05:52:25 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 21 2013 05:51:52 PM EDT

Legislation that would require schools and other organizations with youth athletic programs to adopt concussion policies is set to be heard Thursday on the House floor.           

The legislation is similar to laws passed in 42 other states and the District of Columbia that include provisions requiring students to be removed from an event if they show concussion symptoms like headaches, dilated eyes or vomiting.           

The Tennessee proposal in particular would require schools to adopt guidelines to educate coaches, school administrators, athletes and their parents about the symptoms and dangers of concussions.

Under the measure, injured students wouldn't be able to resume the sport until a medical professional clears their return.           

The companion bill unanimously passed the Senate 30 to zero last month.