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We just blogged about concussions in young athletes a few days ago. Thankfully it continues to receive increasing attention as more well-known athletes speak out. The following is by Rich Tenorio of The Daily Item.

BOSTON -- North Shore sports fans would have recognized many of the former professional athletes who gathered at the State House on Tuesday, from ex-New England Patriot Ted Johnson to boxing legend Micky Ward. Yet the cause that brought them together was related to high school sports: to urge passage of a bill aimed at minimizing the effects of concussions on high school players in Massachusetts.

"Our society tells us athletes are warriors," said State Sen. Steven A. Baddour of Methuen, a sponsor of the bill who spoke at Tuesday's conference. "But there's no way to shake off a brain injury. Young athletes especially need time to heal."

Senate Bill 796 impacts all schools subject to the rules of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. The bill would increase awareness of concussions through training for school personnel and students, written information provided to student-athletes, and documentation of student-athletes' history of head injuries.

It would also set guidelines for when players can return from a concussion: Players who suffer from one cannot return the same day, and a player who suffers a concussion needs medical clearance before playing again.

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