House kills youth sports concussion bill

Posted at 4:27 PM, Feb 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-22 16:27:53-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — A bill to designed to lessen the impact of concussions on young athletes in Virginia was gaining momentum in the General Assembly has been struck down by the House.

Delegates killed legislation that would have required any youth sports league that uses public school property for games or practice to set up policies and procedures about how they will handle head injuries.

The bill, which was sponsored by Senator Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist, had already passed the Senate.

However, the Associated Press reports that opponents in the House were worried that if it became law, volunteer coaches could be liable when players suffer head injuries.