Senate approves legislation to protect student athletes from concussions

Michigan legislation would set criteria to stop student athletes from playing with suspected concussion

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LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Senate has approved legislation designed to protect student athletes from concussions.

The Senate on Tuesday passed measures requiring the Michigan Department of Community Health to develop educational materials and training for athletes, parents and coaches on concussion-related injuries and treatments.

The materials would identify the nature and risk of concussions and criteria for removing athletes from activity when they're suspected of having a concussion.

The legislation also would require coaches to immediately remove an athlete from play if a concussion is suspected and to let them return only after getting a health professional's written approval.

More than half the states have enacted some anti-concussion legislation, and about a dozen more have proposals pending.

The measure passed the House last week and now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.

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