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W.Va. Board of Education approves concussions policy for high school athletes
Reported by: Associated Press
Thursday, January 9, 2014 2:45 PM EST
The state Board of Education has given final approval to a rule dealing with how high schools handle sports concussions.
Last year, legislators passed a bill requiring the Secondary School Activities Commission to draft rules aimed at preventing youth concussions. Among other things, they require schools to increase awareness and warn players of the risks of continuing to play after a concussion occurs.
The legislation also requires schools to create a written procedure for recognizing injuries and then clearing athletes to return to play, including the written permission of a licensed health care professional.
The state Board of Education postponed approving the rule in October in order to clarify the definition of certified medical personnel.