Colorado at the turn of the new year will join the parade of states that have instituted laws to protect young athletes from concussions, according to the Associated Press.
Effective Jan. 1, coaches are mandated to take players as young as 11 years old out of play when it’s suspected they have sustained a head injury. In addition, these young athletes will need to get medical clearance before they can get off the bench and play again.
Colorado’s new concussion law also makes coaches in both public and private schools take an annual online training course that instructs them about detecting concussion symptoms.
Literally dozens of states have already enacted legislation similar to what Colorado is doing, according to AP.