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The recently passed "Youth Concussion Bill," is one way Wisconsin lawmakers are protecting kids. Video by nbc26.comvideo
The recently passed "Youth Concussion Bill," is one way Wisconsin lawmakers are protecting kids. If a student has a suspected concussion on the field the bill requires that player be removed from the game. There's also a new test on top of that to help keep your kids safe.
This new test is called Baseline testing. Baseline is a computerized test that measures the athlete's cognitive skills. If an injury occurs a second test is taken and compared to the first to help doctors tell if concussion symptoms exist.
Reseachers at the "Children's Hospital of Wisconsin" admit Baseline tests are only a piece of the puzzle. A lot comes down to the trainers and coaches on the frontlines knowing when it's time to pull players from a game, even if the say they feel okay.
Sitting out a few games might mean a better life on and off the field in the future. Some schools offer the Baseline test but it's not in all school districts in Wisconsin at this point.