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Youth-Concussion Law Passes in Arkansas

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Arkansas has become the 44th state to have a youth-concussion law.

The new Arkansas law authorizes the state department of education to use up to $1 million from its General Improvement Fund on a pilot project on concussion management.

It does not require that injured athletes be removed from play, receive medical clearance before returning to play, or that parents or guardians sign a concussion-information form before their child can participate in interscholastic athletics.

Two other states may be not far behind Arkansas in terms of passing youth-concussion laws. Measures in Georgia and Tennessee were both awaiting governors' signatures last week.

Vol. 32, Issue 28, Pages 4-5

Published in Print: April 17, 2013, as Youth-Concussion Law Passes in Arkansas
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