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Idaho Passes Bill to Help Protect Kids With Concussions

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The Idaho state House passed a bill Wednesday aimed at protecting middle school and high school athletes from the harmful effects of concussions. And sources say Governor Butch Otter is expected to sign the bill into law.

Under the bill passed by the Legislature, junior high and high school athletes to leave the field of competition if they show symptoms of having a concussion. They would not be allowed back on the court or field until they have clearance from a trained medical professional.

The bill would also require Idaho high schools and junior high schools to follow concussion guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control, but would allow schools to develop their own protocol for removing a player from a game. Schools, and other youth organizations that adopt the guidelines, would be shielded from liability when they follow the rules.


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An Idaho House committee cleared a bill on Thursday aimed at protecting young athletes from the harmful effects of concussions.

The bill would require junior high and high school athletes to leave the field of competition if they show symptoms of having a concussion. They would not be allowed back on the court or field until they have clearance from a trained medical professional.

The bill would also require Idaho high schools and junior high schools to follow concussion guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control, but would allow schools to develop their own protocol for removing a player from a game. Schools, and other youth organizations that adopt the guidelines, would be shielded from liability when they follow the rules.

The legislation is being championed by former Boise State University football player Matt Kaiserman, who suffered a career-ending concussion during the Las Vegas Bowl.

The proposed legislation comes after Kaiserman's injury, but also in the wake of last season's issues at Priest River High School in North Idaho. Last fall, Bobby Clark was airlifted from a game after leaving a game with a concussion. He spent several days in intensive care, where it was learned he likely had not fully recovered from a previous concussion. A member of the school board said more than a dozen Priest River football players had suffered concussions that season before Clark's incident.

The bill, also supported by Dr. Caroline Faure, a concussion expert at Idaho State University, is expected to hit the Idaho House floor sometime next week, according to KTVB in Boise.