Bill to protect young athletes from concussions approved by Oklahoma lawmakers


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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill that would protect young athletes in the Sooner State from the dangers of concussions has passed the Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives.

The bill focuses on more education for trainers and athletes about symptoms and risks associated with concussions.

Experts hope those steps will prevent long-term injuries and deaths.

“I just really don’t want another athlete or a family go through what I’ve gone through and what my parents continue to go through,” said Lauren Long, Concussion Connection Co-Founder.

Long has been fighting for stronger concussion legislation since 2014.

It has been nine years since her last concussion, but she’s still dealing with the effects.

“I deal with migraine headaches on a daily basis, irritability, mood swings,” Long said.

Currently, Oklahoma law makes sure public school students and coaches learn about concussions.

The new law ensures club soccer, youth football and other private sports programs get the same message.

“Those are the kids most at risk, because they don’t have access to an athletic trainer or medical professional,” Long said.

The bill passed the Oklahoma House and Senate this session.

Now, it is awaiting the governor’s signature.




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