BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Trustees on the state Board of Education are backing legislation to protect young athletes from catastrophic concussions.

The board voted Friday to throw its support behind the measure aimed at boosting protections for young athletes who suffer head injuries. The bill cleared the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday, with lawmakers sending it onto the full chamber for a vote.

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Supporters say the legislation includes two key benefits.

Idaho schools could design their own protocols governing when athletes should be pulled from games after a head injury, and when they can return. Sponsors say the measure would also shield coaches and school districts from liability when they follow the standards, which are meant to be based on federal guidelines.


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