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< TV-Andy Rooney - 60 Minutes
Sep 27, 2011 18:11
Category: General News

Student Athletes - Concussions

     NUTLEY, N.J. (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention will be developing national guidelines for managing
sports-related concussions for student athletes.
     U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey
announced Tuesday in Nutley that the CDC has agreed to adopt a key
element of stalled legislation they sponsored which would have made
such protocols mandatory.
     Pascrell says 41 percent of student athletes who suffer
concussions return to playing sports too soon, sometimes with
serious or even fatal consequences.
     The lawmakers say the CDC protocols will be ready by 2014.
     Although the rules won't be mandatory, they will provide schools
with the first national set of guidelines outlining everything from
properly testing a student who suffers a concussion, to setting
parameters as to when they can return to sports.