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Ohio bill to protect student athletes from brain injury

The Ohio state Senate recently passed a bill that would take measures to protect student athletes who are at risk of concussions. The legislation, which passed the Senate with unanimous approval, would require that any student showing signs of concussion during a sports game or practice be removed immediately.

Student athletes would need to be cleared by a physician in order to return to play. Lawmakers hope this will help ensure that injured players don't jump back into the game too soon and put themselves at risk.

In addition, coaches would be required to undergo training about concussions to help them evaluate athletes and prevent such injuries. If the bill passes, the Ohio Department of Health will be asked to prepare informational materials to teach athletes and their parents about concussions and build awareness of brain injury risks on the field.

Concussions are caused by traumatic brain injury, which usually occurs when a blow to the head or other force causes the brain to strike the skull. Traumatic brain injury in children can range in severity from a mild headache for a few days to long-lasting effects on function and development.

Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can include memory loss and impairment, a loss of speech, disturbed sleep or eating patterns, headaches, seizures or even a coma. Damages for brain injury claims may cover expenses such as medical bills, lost wages or pain and suffering.

If your child has sustained a serious injury because of someone else's negligence or improper supervision, it is important to consult a personal injury attorney with experience in related matters. They can help you build a case, pursue any appropriate claims for damages and protect your child's future.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch, "Ohio Senate passes student-athlete concussion bill," Jim Siegel, Dec. 5, 2012

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