Montana House to hear concussion bill

A bill aimed at protecting young athletes from the dangers of concussions will be debated by the House Education Committee during a hearing Friday in Helena.

Senate Bill 112, dubbed Dylan Steiger’s Protection of Youth Athletes Act, will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 137 at the Capitol Building.

The bill is named in honor of Steiger, a teenager from Missoula who died in 2010 after suffering a traumatic brain injury during a spring football scrimmage while playing for Eastern Oregon University.

The bill cleared the Montana Senate by a 33-15.

The bill would require all school-sanctioned sports to provide concussion education to all participating athletes, coaches, trainers and parents. It would mean no same-game return for players who suffer a possible concussion, and players would have to be released by qualified medical personnel and pass a concussion evaluation before returning to action.

Montana is one of just seven states that doesn’t have such legislation on the books.

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