Wednesday, January 27, 2010

California Legislature May Consider Concussion Legislation

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Two San Francisco-area lawyers could change the landscape of high school football in California with a bill that would crackdown on players that suffer concussions.

San Mateo Assemblyman Jerry Hill and Castro Valley Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi are hoping to get the legislature to pass a bill before the start of the 2010 season that would require injured students to get a doctor's okay before returning to the field.

Last year, Washington became the first state to pass legislation that prohibited student athletes exhibiting symptoms of a concussions from returning to play without the approval of a licensed health care provider.

The Oakland Tribune reports that the proposed California legislation comes on the heels of a Thanksgiving Day game last season when San Jose Academy running back Matt Blea went into a coma and almost died.

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