Starting next year, a new law in New York says student athletes suspected of suffering concussions should be immediately removed from games.
The legislation recently was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It
directs state health and education officials to draft regulations
for schools on mild traumatic brain injuries. The regulations go
into effect in July.
The law requires immediate benching of any student who has or
may have suffered a concussion in a school-related activity.
Students can play again only after they are symptom-free for 24
hours and cleared by a doctor.
Concussions are usually temporary but can cause headaches and
problems with concentration, memory, judgment, balance and
Sponsors say athletes need to be protected from further injury
and possible long-term effects.
Several states have already passed similar laws.