Schools could be required to take student athletes off the field and out of practices if they suspect they have a concussion, under a bill being considered at the state Capitol. State Representative Jason Fields (D-Milwaukee) is the author of the bill, which he says is intended to protect children and address the severity of the issue of injuries in youth sports.
Under the bill, young athletes would not be allowed to start playing again until they have been cleared by a health care professional. The bill also requires training for activity organizers to help them identify injuries that can cause a concussion and the symptoms of one.
Even if the law ends up taking athletes off the field who end up not having a concussion, Fields says the tighter requirements are worthwhile because it will prevent further harm from coming to many children.
The bill received a hearing at the Capitol Tuesday and is currently being considered by a legislative committee.