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Published February 01, 2011, 04:01 PM

ND School Sports Concussion Protection Endorsed

North Dakota schools may be required to follow specific procedures when athletes on school sports teams suffer concussions.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota schools may be required to follow specific procedures when athletes on school sports teams suffer concussions.

The North Dakota Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that outlines procedures if a student athlete suffers a head injury.

It requires coaches to undergo training every two years about concussion risks and symptoms. It says an athlete who shows any signs of having a concussion has to be held out of games and practices.

The athlete also has to have written medical clearance to resume playing.

Fargo Sen. Tim Flakoll says the bill should help make sure student athletes aren't rushed back into games if they have a possible concussion.

The bill now goes to the North Dakota House. It is SB2281.

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