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MA Proposes Rules To Reduce Brain Injury Among Student Athletes

The Boston Globe reported Massachusetts health authorities will be proposing strict regulations to help reduce head injuries among young athletes and ensure that these adolescents are kept away from the field until their brains have recovered. The policies are focused on resolving the concerns for the long-term effects of concussions after years of allowing athletes to return to a game after suffering head injuries.

Nearly 200,000 students in Massachusetts are involved in extracurricular sports in high school. In a survey, the Mass. Department of Public Health found that 18 percent of middle and high school students suffer sports injuries. These injuries were severe enough to trigger nausea, blurred vision, headaches, and unconsciousness.

Under stringent rules, students and parents at Boston middle schools and high schools would be required to complete yearly online training courses as schools keep track of student records on head injuries. Doctors would also be asked to go through extra training if they do not have enough experience evaluating and handling concussions.

The rules would be applied at both public and private schools that are part of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. State officials will present the policies to the Public Health Council, whose members will vote late spring on whether the regulations may be passed or not. As of now, the state is among nine others that have adopted laws created to protect student athletes from concussions and repeated head injuries.

If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion or brain injury from a sport or accident, seek legal counsel from a Boston personal injury attorney who can assess your case and determine the legal remedies that may be available. For general information on brain injury, visit the Related Resources links below.

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