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Panel backs proposal with concussion guidelines

Posted at 12:55 PM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-01 19:13:53-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho legislative panel on Tuesday introduced legislation to comply with the NFL and the Center of Disease Control's new guidelines on athletic concussions.

Mike Brassey, an attorney for the St. Luke's Health System, says the national organizations worked together to set the new guidelines after recent evidence suggested concussions suffered by athletes on the field had long-lasting impacts on health.

Brassey says the Idaho proposal requires that the parents of high school and middle school students receive notification of their child's concussion.

It also ensures that students resume their studies before taking the field after a concussion.

The House Health and Welfare Committee unanimously voted to introduce the measure. It will now face a full legislative hearing.