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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 09/20/2010

D.C.'s Mendelson to unveil concussion bill

By Washington Post editors

A D.C. Council member says he will introduce a bill that would require kids to be examined by a professional if they are suspected of getting a concussion while playing a sport.

Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) will join with the general manager of the Washington Redskins and others to introduce the bill at a news conference today.

The legislation would require young athletes to be removed from practice or play after a suspected concussion. The athlete could only return to play if cleared by a licensed health-care provider.

The legislation is modeled on a law introduced in Washington state, and since enacted in a number of other states. The NFL has backed the legislation.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | September 20, 2010; 10:51 AM ET
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You need a law for this? I guess at times we must legislate common sense.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 20, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

This is good legislation. Too many coaches dismiss potential concussions as "got your bell rung" and don't seek qualified medical attention. The poor athlete is then traumatized by peer pressure and criticized as being "soft".

Posted by: ahs78graduate | September 20, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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