Bill aimed at preventing concussions in student athletes passed by state house committee

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan House committee has unanimously approved legislation designed to protect student athletes from concussions.

The House Health Policy Committee on Thursday passed measures requiring the Michigan Department of Community Health to develop educational materials and training for athletes, parents and coaches on concussion-related injuries and treatments.

The materials would identify the nature and risk of concussions and criteria for removing athletes from activity when they're suspected of having a concussion.

The legislation also would require coaches to immediately remove an athlete from play if a concussion is suspected and to let them return only after getting a health professional's written approval.

The bills now head for the House floor.

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