Colo. concussions law most far-reaching in country

DENVER — The nation’s most sweeping youth-concussion prevention measure is now law in Colorado.

Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed a bill that requires even volunteer Little League and Pop Warner football coaches to take free annual training online to recognize the symptoms of a concussion. The new law also requires coaches to bench players when it’s believed they suffered a concussion. They would not be able to return to games or practice unless they have medical clearance.

A dozen other states have adopted training requirements to address youth concussions, but Colorado’s new law reaches further than others by requiring training in sports with athletes as young as 11.


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