NY to require benching students with concussions

September 30, 2011

(AP) -- 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 (KWOH'-moh). It directs state health and education officials to draft regulations for schools on injuries. The regulations would go into effect in July.

The law requires immediate benching of any student who has or may have suffered a in a school-related activity, including sports and gym classes.

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 coordination.

Sponsors say athletes need to be protected from further injury and possible long-term effects.

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