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Vermont moves to improve concussion laws for schools

Vermont moves to improve concussion laws for schools

May 26, 2017 04:59 AM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The state of Vermont has one of the toughest concussion laws in the country, and officials are trying to learn if it is being implemented properly.

The 2014 law requires athletics staff to be trained to recognize concussions and says schools need a plan for allowing student athletes back onto the field. Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2rF8Au3 ) reports a state health department spokesperson says the state is now working to survey schools to get a sense of schools' data collection.

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Officials say schools have been collecting data, but they've been unsure what to do with it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says between 2001 and 2012, the number of children across the U.S. who were treated for concussions or traumatic brain injuries more than doubled.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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