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D.C. Council Considers Bill On Concussions

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By Patrick Madden

A D.C. councilmember is introducing a bill which would require children to be examined by a professional if they are suspected of getting a concussion while playing a sport.

Councilmember Phil Mendelson plans to introduce the bill later today at a press conference with the general manager of the Washington Redskins.

The legislation would require young athletes to be removed from practice or play following a suspected concussion. The athlete could only return to play if cleared by a licensed health care provider.

The bill is modeled on a law introduced in Washington state, and since enacted in a number of other states. The NFL has backed the legislation.

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