UPDATE 1/9/2014 2:35 PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state Board of Education gives final approval to a rule dealing with how high schools handle sports concussions.
The board approved the rule during its monthly meeting Wednesday in Charleston.
Earlier this year, legislators passed a bill requiring the Secondary School Activities Commission to draft rules aimed at preventing youth concussions. Among other things, they require schools to increase awareness and warn players of the risks of continuing to play after a concussion occurs.
The legislation also requires schools to create a written procedure for recognizing injuries and then clearing athletes to return to play, including the written permission of a licensed health care professional.
The state Board of Education postponed approving the rule in October in order to clarify the definition of certified medical personnel.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - High school and middle school coaches in West Virginia will be watching for signs of student athlete concussions during the upcoming school year.
The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission is requiring head coaches for all sports to receive training on how to recognize concussions and how to deal with them.
The training isn't limited to coaches. The SSAC is opening the course to anyone as part of an effort to educate school communities about concussions.
SSAC executive director Gary Ray tells the Charleston Daily Mail that football is the focus of the effort. But he says concussions can occur in any sport.
The SSAC also plans to collect monthly data on concussions from every school.
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