Vermont Concussion Bill Signed Into Law

June 7, 2013

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a law designed to help protect student athletes who suffer concussions.

The new law requires coaches and referees to undergo training to recognize the signs of a concussion. Athletic trainers must be present at ice hockey, football, lacrosse and wrestling events. That mandate takes effect July 1, 2015.

The Burlington Free Press reports in the meantime, a task force will study concussion data from Vermont school sporting events and issue a report by Dec. 15. The Legislature could make changes to the law based on the findings.

Shumlin signed the bill Tuesday at a news conference on the athletic fields of Montpelier High School.

He said the measure assures that people take concussions and school safety seriously and put the safety of students first.

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