Gov. Deal to sign concussion bill - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

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.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Idol hopefuls gather in Atlanta

    Idol hopefuls gather in Atlanta

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 11:09 AM EDT2017-08-22 15:09:07 GMT
    Amanda Hoskins with some So. GA hopefuls (Source: WALB)Amanda Hoskins with some So. GA hopefuls (Source: WALB)

    Thousands of people are lined up in Piedmont Park in Atlanta for American Idol auditions, on Tuesday. We caught up with several folks from South Georgia, and there's a lot of talent there. 

    More >>

    Thousands of people are lined up in Piedmont Park in Atlanta for American Idol auditions, on Tuesday. We caught up with several folks from South Georgia, and there's a lot of talent there. 

    More >>
  • Boys & Girls Club renovates oldest unit

    Boys & Girls Club renovates oldest unit

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 7:22 AM EDT2017-08-22 11:22:55 GMT
    The Jefferson Street location is the oldest unit (Source: WALB)The Jefferson Street location is the oldest unit (Source: WALB)

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany is hoping to make its oldest unit a place where kids want to be.

    More >>

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany is hoping to make its oldest unit a place where kids want to be.

    More >>
  • Spots still available for Albany leadership class

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 7:01 AM EDT2017-08-22 11:01:42 GMT
    The class will be held on Monday, August 28, at 11:30 a.m. (Source: WALB)The class will be held on Monday, August 28, at 11:30 a.m. (Source: WALB)

    Leaders in Albany and Dougherty County will come together to learn how to improve their leadership skills. The class will be taught by a leadership expert and there's still time to sign-up.

    More >>

    Leaders in Albany and Dougherty County will come together to learn how to improve their leadership skills. The class will be taught by a leadership expert and there's still time to sign-up.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly