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Georgia governor signs youth concussion bill

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Gov. Nathan Deal signs concussion bill Gov. Nathan Deal signs concussion bill
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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill into law Tuesday, mandating how school coaches and recreation leaders should handle youth athletes who are suspected of having concussions.

Under the 'Return to Play Act of 2013,' if a youth athlete is suspected of having a concussion, he or she will be removed from the game and cannot return to play until cleared by a healthcare professional.

"Even the mildest bump or blow to the head can lead to a concussion," said Deal. "I am proud to sign this bill that serves to protect Georgia's young athletes from sustaining very serious injuries if the condition goes unnoticed or untreated."

Since last year, CBS Atlanta News has been covering the push for legislation requiring return-to-play policies and concussion education for youth athletes.

Rich McKay, president and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons, was on hand for the bill signing along with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta officials and state legislators.

The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

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