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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Legislature today unanimously passed a bill that will help prevent head injuries among student athletes in Florida. Sponsored by Senator Anitere Flores, R-Miami, the bill passed unanimously from the Senate and will now be sent to

Concussion Bill Nears Finish Line – WCTV


Every year thousands of Floridians suffer traumatic brain injuries. Many of the injured are high school athletes, who get back in the game after suffering a concussion. Legislation would take the decision to keep playing out of the hands of

State Makes 2nd Attempt At Passing Concussion Bill


TAMPA — Youth sports leagues could be the latest group required to educate parents, players and coaches about head injuries and concussions. Legislators in Florida’s House and Senate could vote this week on bills mandating new training for coaches and

NFL Pushes Concussion Legislation To Protect Prep Players

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The National Football League and former Miami Dolphins star Nat Moore are calling on the Florida Senate to pass legislation that would require high school athletes to have medical clearance before they could return

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Every year an estimated 140,000 high school athletes suffer concussions nationwide and too many of them are returning to play before they have recovered. The Florida Legislature is moving to put tougher restrictions in place to prevent youth

Student athletes suffer the stings of concussions while lawmakers fail to help | Miami New Times

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Natasha Helmick goes up for a header during a Dallas soccer match and gets speared in the left temple by an opponent. The 14-year-old, a talented center midfielder playing in the choice Lake Highlands Girls Classic League, crumples to the

New rules protect student athletes from brain injuries – Miami Herald


High school senior Michael Espinel, a defensive player for Belen Jesuit Preparatory’s football team, has suffered three concussions in two seasons. In November 2009, Belen was practicing for the state championship semi-finals. Michael received a blow to the head during

Dennis Jones, Florida Senator, Sabotaged a Bill That Could Have Saved Young Athletes’ Lives | Miami New Times


Back in January, Florida was ahead of the curve on an important national issue. Yes, you read that right. That’s when a bill designed to protect youth athletes from concussion passed the Florida House. The new law would require kids

Playing Doctor: Politicking Medical Professionals Kill Anti-Concussion Bill, Leaving Kids Unprotected | Broward Palm Beach New Times

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Pop quiz. You’re a legislator, and you’ve got a chance to vote on a bill that would protect kids from deadly brain injuries at no additional cost to the state. If passed, the bill would make sure that student athletes

Concussion Discussion: Sideline Screening


After his own brain injury, a South Florida student works to get sideline concussion screening for all of Miami-Dade County.