New bill protects young athletes with concussions

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act was passed by the United States House of Representatives this week, bringing it one step closer to being signed into law. Also known as the contact act, the bill will insure that young athletes that suffer from concussions receive proper care.

Columbus Nero-surgeon Doctor Michael Gorum says the bill will help more people understand how serious a concussion injury can be.

"What it will do is make everybody more aware of concussions, players, coaches, parents so things that might have slipped by previously will be picked up on the side lines and hopefully prevent more serious injury," Doctor Gorum said.

Carver High School trainer Tamara Sandler says the legislation would allow injuries to be treated more proficiently and in the long run mean fewer serious injuries to student athletes.

"The rules are kind of vague as to when to hold them out and when not and how long so with new rules and regulations it will make it a little more structured so everybody will be on the same page," Sandler said.

Doctor Gorum is anticipating the contact act will do just that, help young athletes.

"This legislation brings forward things that already exist into a more common sense frame work so kids aren't put at risk and received the right treatment and are allowed to return to competition sports at the proper time," Doctor Gorum said.

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