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Bill would protect concussed high school athletes

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Two Bay Area lawmakers will introduce a new bill that would require state high school athletes who get a concussion to receive medical clearance before they could return to the field.

Assemblyman Jerry Hill of San Mateo says research shows that 2-out-5 high school athletes who get a concussion return to their sport too soon.

The issue gained a lot of attention when 16-year-old Matthew Blea, a San Jose High School football player, went into a coma after suffering a head injury during a game on Thanksgiving Day 2009.

Blea is now home and going through rehabilitation therapy. Doctors say he had previously suffered a minor concussion.

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