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Last updated: Thu. Jan. 30, 2014 - 05:35 pm EDT

Indiana Senate backs student concussion safety


INDIANAPOLIS — More protections for Indiana's high school athletes suffering from concussions could become law if Statehouse momentum for the measures continues.

The Indiana Senate on Thursday voted 45-1 in favor of a bill to keep high school athletes with suspected concussions off the field for at least 24 hours. The legislation also requires high school football coaches and assistant football coaches to receive training on player safety and head injuries every two years.

The bill comes amid increased scrutiny of NFL player concussions. Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best filed a lawsuit against the league Tuesday and reports defective helmets and concussions shortened his career.

The bill now moves to the House for approval. A gubernatorial signature also is necessary before the bill becomes law.

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