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Gov. Deal to sign concussion bill

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -

Georgia is taking a step to join a nationwide effort to prevent young athletes from suffering serious or deadly brain injury.

Governor Nathan Deal will be at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite 9am Tuesday morning to sign a bill so student athletes showing any signs of a concussion are taken off the field.

If it's possible they have a concussion, the bill will require they be pulled from games and cleared by a medical professional before returning to play.

The legislation would also require primary and secondary schools to create a policy intended to minimize serious injuries that can come from concussions.

The policy will require an information sheet to be given to athlete's parents to explain the risks of concussions and any head injuries.

Washington state set a national standard in 2009 with a law named for a 16-year-old who suffered a life-threatening brain injury after returning to play football after a concussion and several states now follow similar rules.

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