Fearing concussions, Ky. weighs giving referees more power

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers have advanced a bill that would let high school sports officials overrule a coach in deciding if a player can return to competition following concussion-like symptoms.

A 2012 state law requires student athletes suspected of head injuries to stop playing and undergo a medical evaluation. The student can return to the game only if a licensed medical provider says the athlete does not have a concussion.

A bill by state Democratic state Rep. Mike Denham of Maysville would let officials keep the athlete out of the game if they suspect the medical evaluation had not been performed.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association opposes the bill, saying it would be too burdensome for officials and worried it would deter people from working high school games.


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