Mississippi Bill Targets Second Impact Syndrome

Mississippians may soon have a law, with the backing of the NFL, the Mississippi High School Activities Association, and other groups, that takes aim at Second Impact Syndrome, a condition by which a person suffers another concussion before the symptoms of an initial concussion have subsided.

The law would provide for education and strict return-to-play guidelines to be followed, which would limit the catastrophic effects of Second Impact Syndrome.

The underpinning for the new law is the Wesley Ward Youth Concussion Act of 2012, which passed unanimously in the state Senate last year, but died in a House committee.

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported that “one concern that hindered the bill’s passage last year was it put too much responsibility on coaches, who are often volunteers with youth sports teams. The new bill puts more responsibility on the organization or school than coaches.”

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