A new bill was signed by the governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, in an effort to keep young athletes safe from severe injury. The bill requires athletes under the age of 19 who play organized sports to get cleared by a doctor before returning to the field after they have sustained a concussion, according to the Bay View Compass.
The legislation was signed into law on the Green Bay Packers' Lambeau Field.
"We often hear about the effects of concussions on pro-athletes, like those that play here at Lambeau Field," Walker told the news source. "And the reality is that it takes even longer for younger athletes to recover from this type of brain injury. If they suffer a second or third concussion before they have had time to heal properly the damages can be irreparable. The goal of this bill is to greatly lessen the risk of long-term injury or death."
According to the Wausau Daily Herald, this bill was created after the Zackery Lystedt Law in Washington state, which is named for a middle school football player who sustained brain damage upon returning to the field after suffering from a concussion.A new bill was signed by the governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, in an effort to keep young athletes safe from severe injury.