Beginning this fall, high school football players who suffer head injuries must stop playing and must take a day off, according to a new law signed last week by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. Each injured player must receive written permission from a licensed health care provider knowledgeable about concussions before returning to the game.
In addition, starting this year Missouri districts must provide information about concussion and brain injury to football players and their parents or guardians, or the students may not participate in the sport.
Beginning next January, public schools in Missouri may only participate in statewide athletic organizations that publish annual reports regarding concussions and head injuries.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed the Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Prevention act into law last Wednesday.