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Published March 31, 2011, 02:48 PM

ND House Broadens, Approves Youth Concussions Bill

Young North Dakota athletes who show signs of a head injury may soon have to get medical permission before they can return to play.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Young North Dakota athletes who show signs of a head injury may soon have to get medical permission before they can return to play.

The North Dakota House approved a measure Thursday that aims to reduce concussion. The vote was 82-12 in favor.

It says players with concussion symptoms must be removed from a game immediately. They can't resume playing until they get written permission from a medical professional.

The law would apply to high schools and any youth league that charges a fee. Park board leagues would be excluded.

Supporters say head injuries to young people can cause problems later in life.

The Senate unanimously approved the bill when it only applied to high school sports. It will have to agree to the House's changes.

The bill is SB2281.

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