Texas House Approves Student Concussion Bill | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Texas House Approves Student Concussion Bill



    The Texas House wants schools to develop protocol for identifying and overseeing concussions sustained by student athletes.

    The vote Wednesday would require districts to have a concussion oversight team of medical professionals and a district athletic trainer. Members of the team would be trained in the evaluation, treatment and oversight of concussions.

    Students would also have to be removed immediately from a competition or practice if it is reasonably believed that they suffered a concussion.

    The student would have to be cleared by a physician -- not a coach -- to return to play.

    Rep. Walter Price said he wants his bill to raise awareness to the issue because often symptoms of a concussion go unrecognized.

    The bill would be named "Natasha's Law" after an athlete who sustained five concussions.