NFL calls on lawmakers to pass concussion bill
The National Football League and former Miami Dolphins star Nat Moore are calling on the Florida Senate to pass legislation that would protect high school athletes. James Call reports, the proposal would require high school athletes to have medical clearance before they could return to competition after suffering a concussion.
The legislation also requires coaches to remove any player from competition if there is suspicion the athlete has suffered a concussion. House Sponsor Duval Rep. Ronald Renuart says blows to the head can lead to long-term problems for young athletes.
"The human brain does not reach its full development until a person is in their late 20s. injuries in the developmental years can make serious changes in mood, social development and cognitive skills. This may prevent a student from every reaching full potential."
More than 30 states already have laws in place with restrictions on high school athletes who have suffered concussions. A bill to establish the legislation has unanimously passed the House and awaits Senate approval before going on to Gov. Rick Scott.