New bill sets concussion guidelines for schools

A new legislation setting concussion guidelines for student athletes is expected to be signed into law.

At a town hall meeting tonight at the Blythedale Children's Hospital, experts and former Green Bay Packer Dorsey Levens talked about the dangers of traumatic brain injuries.

If the bill is signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), students who suffer a concussion while playing a sport have to be symptom-free for a full day before being allowed to return to play.

While some schools make students sit out longer than a day, the purpose of the new law is to get schools that don't have any policies in place on board.

Dr. Brian Rieger, of the Upstate Concussion Management Program, says the bill is a step in the right direction, but he points out that it shouldn't be interpreted as a guideline for caring for concussions.

"That doesn't mean you go out and play football the next day or back to field hockey," he says. "That means you can start becoming active under the supervision of a medical professional."

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