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House Tackles Concussions Head-On

May 6, 2011
Amarillo Globe-News

Starting next academic year, Texas schools will have to pay more attention to student athletes who suffer possible concussions.

The House on Thursday passed a bill by Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo, that would spell out new district requirements that cover student-athletes and concussions. House Bill 2038, which passed 129-5 with no debate, would require Texas’ more than 1,000 school districts to develop standards for dealing with students who suffer concussions while practicing or playing in a competitive event sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League, which oversees all athletic programs in public schools.

Schools would be required to appoint or approve a head injury oversight team consisting of at least a doctor and an athletic trainer, a nurse, a neuropsychologist or a doctor’s assistant.
The bill also would prohibit an injured student from getting back on the field or a court until they are cleared by the oversight team or the student and his or her parents or guardians signed a form acknowledging receiving and reading information about concussions and safety procedures.

The bill, named in honor of Natasha Helmick — a soccer player at Texas State University in San Marcos forced to stop playing because of five concussions in five years — now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass.