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NJ Spotlight--Push to Protect Public School Students from Concussions

Children could not return to class or athletic activities without the permission of a healthcare professional

Growing concern about the effects of concussions – particularly on young people – has fueled efforts by New Jersey lawmakers to require greater protections for students who have suffered potentially dangerous blows to the head.

“Concussions, especially in young people, should not be taken lightly,” said Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden), a lead sponsor of a measure that would require students diagnosed with a concussion to obtain permission from a healthcare professional before they could return to class or participate in any school-related athletic activities.

Assembly members showed strong support for the measure, which also requires education experts to create a tailored plan to appropriately reintroduce any student who is issued medical restrictions to classroom activities. “When a child suffers a concussion, there needs to be proper procedures in place for his or her return to school and learning,” Lampitt said.

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/09/20/push-to-protect-public-school-students-from-concussions/

Lilo H. Stainton | September 20, 2016