Bill aims to protect young athletes from serious head injuries

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LA CROSSE, Wis. — State lawmakers are trying to protect young athletes from serious head injuries. 

Under a proposed bill, any young athlete who suffers what appears to be a concussion or head injury will be immediately removed from the game.  They won’t be allowed back until they are examined by a healthcare provider and given written clearance.  It’s part of a growing movement to better treat concussions. 

The Mississippi Valley Conference has had concussion screening for the past five years as a way to protect their athletes.

“We are starting to do a better job, athletic administrators and coaches, of saying no if you have an issue we’re going to sit you, the winning or losing the game is not as important as your health,” says Central Athletic Director Joe Beran.

The proposal is being debated by the Assembly’s Education Committee.