- Associated Press - Friday, May 26, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The state of Vermont has one of the toughest concussion laws in the country, and officials want to know if it is being followed properly.

Under the 2013 law, athletic staff must be trained to recognize concussions and schools need a plan for allowing student athletes back onto the field. Vermont Department of Health Injury Prevention Chief Tanya Wells says the state and the nonprofit Brain Injury Association of Vermont is now working to survey schools to get a sense of schools’ data collection, Vermont Public Radio (https://bit.ly/2rF8Au3) reports.

“What we’ve heard so far is that people have been supportive, and they have been doing it,” said Wells. “This is a way to see if there have been positive results and better understand what concussions in sports in Vermont look like.”

Each state has some sort of concussion law. Vermont’s requires coaches and referees to receive training at least every two years. In addition to a “Return to Play” plan, schools must have a “Return to Learn” plan for when a student with a concussion can return to the classroom.

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The story has been corrected to reflect that the law took effect in 2013, not 2014.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net


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