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Schools Prepping for New Concussion Law in SC

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A bill is waiting for Governor Nikki Haley's approval Wednesday. The bill would require high school athletes to get written clearance to return to playing a sport after getting a concussion.

The bill outlined that a coach must take an athlete of out play if they show symptoms of having a concussion.

The student can be examined by a doctor or trainer and must follow a set of nationally recognized guidelines.

For bigger schools, an athletic trainer is on staff and attends each game but for smaller schools, that may be too expensive or not an option.

Coach Chris Liner at Ninety Six High School in Greenwood County doesn't have a teaching position open to offer an athletic trainer, and said it's hard to offer someone a low salary. Liner has a parent who's also a family physician and said he attends as many games as he can.

"Some coaches are on the fringe of not protecting enough and there are others who do too much so it would give a good basis of understanding for what everyone needs to do," said Liner.

The bill would also require coaches to review information about concussions, the symptoms and how to care for someone with one.

Information about concussions will be distributed at conferences statewide.

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