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Halstead testifies on concussion risk in high school sports February 12, 2010

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Missouri lawmakers should give serious consideration to a proposed bill requiring medical evaluation prior to returning to play for high school athletes who suffer head injuries, according to recent testimony by a sports medicine expert from Washington University in St. Louis.

Mark E. Halstead, M.D., assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and of pediatrics in the School of Medicine and an assistant team physician for the Rams, Washington University and Lafayette High School, testified in hearings on HB 1548 before the Healthcare Transformation Committee of the Missouri House of Representatives. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Don Calloway (D-St. Louis) would require that any high school athlete who suffers a head injury must undergo an evaluation from a licensed health care provider experienced in concussion management before being cleared to return to play.

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