W.Va. school board to discuss concussion rule

Oct 9, 2013

Updated October 9, 2013 1:39 p.m.

   The West Virginia Board of Education has postponed consideration of the concussion rule until its meeting next month. 

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.

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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.