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.