State Rep Looks to Broaden New Hampshire Concussion Law

A New Hampshire state representative has gone public with the idea that the state’s concussion law should be extended to middle school-aged student athletes.

Representative Rick Ladd, a Haverhill Republican, said the current law requires that high school student athletes be removed from games if they are suspected of having a concussion. Further, students cannot return to the field until they get clearance from a doctor and a parent’s permission.

Ladd, a former school principal, said the law should apply to students playing sports in middle schools and junior high schools, too.

“A student is just as likely to get a concussion playing a contact or a competitive sport in those middle school grades, junior high grade as they are in the high school,” Ladd told New Hampshire Public Radio.

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