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Youth-Concussion Law Passes in Arkansas

By Bryan Toporek — April 15, 2013 1 min read

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the April 17, 2013 edition of Education Week as Youth-Concussion Law Passes in Arkansas

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