Montana Lawmakers Advance Bill on Youth Concussions

Bill would extend safeguards against youth concussions to private schools and sports associations

HELENA – The Montana Legislature is advancing a bill that would extend safeguards against youth concussions to private schools and sports associations.

State lawmakers passed a bill in 2013 requiring student athletes in public schools to be removed from play after showing signs of having a concussion.

The measure the state Senate endorsed Tuesday 50-0 would require youth leagues and non-public schools to also establish protocols for an athlete’s return to play after suffering a concussion.

Republican Sen. Daniel Salomon of Ronan says the bill will take pressure off coaches to put athletes who may have suffered concussions back into competitive games.

The bill must pass a final vote in the Senate and the House must agree to the Senate’s changes before the measure goes to Gov. Steve Bullock.

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