States find laws against sports head injuries tricky to enact
WASHINGTON (MCT) — Ohio state Reps. Michael Stinziano and Sean O’Brien thought they had a bill that would pass with no more than token opposition. It was a youth safety bill — a piece of legislation protecting young athletes who suffered head injuries on the playing field. Other states had taken similar action. The sponsors didn’t expect a backlash. But a backlash is what they got.
It took multiple hearings and 10 rewrites to get the anti-concussion bill through the Ohio House. And it still faces an uncertain future in the state Senate. The reason has to do with the concerns of some doctors and the slippery problem of “return to play” decisions.
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