State to release data on high school concussions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new report will shed light on the prevalence of concussions in Minnesota high school sports.

Concussions have caused alarm in professional sports leagues down to the youth level, spurring lawsuits and settlements to players who suffered from blows to the head. Minnesota’s Department of Health began collecting data at dozens of high schools in 2012, tracking how many athletes suffered concussions and for how long.

The state’s first report comes out Thursday.

Concussions were once considered part of the game, but schools and sports leagues have begun taking steps to protect players. Minnesota lawmakers passed a bill in 2011 requiring coaches to remove young athletes from the game if they show concussion symptoms. The law also requires training for concussion awareness.

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