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Sep 30, 2010 8:23 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

House passes bill on student athlete concussions

The House has voted to set federal guidelines on managing concussions among student athletes and protecting young people suffering head injuries from long-term health problems.

The bill would require the government to convene a conference of medical, athletic and education experts to come up with guidelines that address the prevention, identification, treatment and management of concussions in school-aged children.

They would include standards for allowing children to return to play after suffering a concussion. The bill, sponsored by New Jersey Democrat Bill Pascrell, is one of several Congress is considering in response to evidence that improperly treated concussions can cause long-term physical and mental problems.

House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller is behind a bill that would direct school districts to implement concussion safety and management plans.

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