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Legislation broadens safety rules for student athletes

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 9th, 2013

SALEM—The Oregon Senate voted to extend laws regarding the recognition and treatment of concussions and possible brain injuries in school sports. Senate Bill 721A, which applies requirements for responding to possible concussions to club sports, passed on a 23-2 vote.

“Participating in sports is a great way for students to learn how to stay healthy and active in life, but we need safeguards to make sure that we protect student athletes from the long-term effects of injuries,” said Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-Beaverton), chief sponsor of the bill and a family physician. “Training coaches and referees to recognize the symptoms of concussions will allow for the prevention of further harm and earlier treatment of potentially serious brain injuries.”

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