New guidelines for dealing with concussions

NUTLEY, N.J - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be developing national guidelines for managing sports-related concussions for student athletes.

Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Bill Pascrell, both of New Jersey, announced that the CDC has agreed to adopt a key element of stalled legislation they sponsored which would have made such protocols mandatory.

Pascrell says 41 percent of student athletes who suffer concussions return to playing sports too soon, sometimes with serious or even fatal consequences.

The lawmakers say the CDC protocols will be ready by 2014. They won't be mandatory, but they will provide schools with the first national set of guidelines.

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