Legislation that would teach parents, students and coaches to look out for concussions and keep North Carolina school athletes out of competition until healed is close to becoming law.
The state House and Senate on Thursday approved the bill aiming to teach adults how to spot a concussion injury. The measure next goes to Gov. Beverly Perdue.
The legislation requires high school and middle school students showing symptoms to be pulled out of play immediately and to be examined before returning to the field.
The bill is named for Matt Gfeller of Winston-Salem Reynolds and Jaquan Waller of Greenville Rose, both of whom died from head injuries suffered during high school football games.
The bill is endorsed by the NFL, NHL, USA Baseball and a number of other groups