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Olympics conference learns Norwalk concussion laws

As concussions become a larger concern for athletes around the world, one Connecticut woman was able to address the international sports community to discuss how her community was addressing the issues. As the Norwalk Daily Voice reports, the International Olympic Committee World Conference discussed the measures the city of Norwalk took to protect all of its young athletes from the dangers of concussions in sports.

As the first city to enact its own set of rules regarding how all youth sports must handle concussions, rather than just how high school athletes should be handled, nearly 9,000 more children are covered by the rules, and more parents and coaches have been given training on what to do in the case of a suspected concussion. Some believe that the state law does not go far enough in protecting those who participate in youth sports since only high school athletic programs are targeted in the law. Since youth sports programs can be lucrative, some worry that enacting these laws will make the programs more likely to be sued.

The CT Post reports that the first concussion laws passed in 2010, with a stronger law put into place in 2014. The law forces high schools to have a concussion protocol in place for all high school athletes, including medical clearance from a doctor before they are allowed to return to play. Schools must also report the injuries in an online database that tracks who was injured and when they were allowed back in the game. All coaches must be trained in how to handle an athlete with a concussion because delaying treatment for a concussion can lengthen the amount of time a person is injured.

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