Bill creates concussion protocol for athletes

All public schools in Georgia would be required to create and follow a concussion management program for student-athletes under legislation introduced in the state House on Monday.

House Bill 284, sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Pruett, R-Eastman, would suggest, but not require, that public recreation organizations do the same.

The bill says any student-athlete who shows signs of a concussion must be removed from playing and may not return until a doctor says he or she is well enough to play.

Similar legislation was introduced last year but was scuttled over concerns of liability to schools, recreation centers and coaches. Pruett’s bill specifically states the measure does not create liability if a student is injured.