JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he spoke to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the state’s upcoming law dealing with youth concussion.
Bryant signed House Bill 48 on Thursday and it will become law July 1.
It will require public and private schools to evaluate student athletes for concussion after they’re shaken up during practice or competition. A player with a concussion would be banned from play until fully recovered.
The bill was pushed by the NFL and the Mississippi State Medical Association and supported by groups that govern school activities. The National Sports Concussion Coalition says Mississippi is the last state without a youth concussion law to set standards for medical evaluation and return to play.
Bryant says the law could help all student athletes, not just football players.