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State BOE could vote on new concussion rules

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Board of Education is set to vote on a proposal that would require high schools to inform parents, coaches and student-athletes of the risk of sports-related head injuries.

The rule that is up for a possible final vote today also would require schools to report those injuries within 30 days.

The board took up the issue in August, sending the proposal to a 30-day public comment period. No comments were received.

Earlier this year, legislators passed a bill requiring the rules aimed at preventing youth concussions.

The legislation also requires schools to create a written procedure for recognizing injuries and then clearing athletes to return to play, including the written permission of a licensed health care professional.



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