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Washington State Passes Concussion Safety Law For Student Athletes

In what is believed to be the first law of its kind, the State of Washington has passed legislation that will prohibit student athletes who have exhibited symptoms of a concussion from returning to play without the approval of a licensed health care provider.  The legislation also requires written concussion information fact sheets be provided to parents and students.  The bill passed unanimously in the Washington House of Representatives and with only one negative vote in the Senate.  It now awaits action by the governor.  

Hopefully this legislation will begin a trend throughout the nation to require certification and clearance before students are allowed to return to play following a concussion or a suspected concussion.

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