Currently, thirty-one states and Washington, D.C. have laws in place that require a player who shows signs of concussion to be removed from practice or game until cleared by a licensed health care professional trained in evaluating concussions. In recent months, both the NCAA and NFL have been hit with litigation relating to the protection of its athletes and, specifically, the failure to warn of damage created by concussions. In an effort to develop national uniformity, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NCAA president Mark Emmert have reached out to nineteen governors to support legislation aimed at reducing concussions in youth football.
Texas adopted the law in 2011 and it appears in Chapter 38 of the Texas Education Code.
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