Key points. (1) The prevalence and negative consequences of sports-related concussions (SRCs) have led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to consider SRC a major public health problem among children and young adults. (2) Studies have shown that state-level helmet and concussion laws result in a higher diagnosis rate for concussions and increased helmet use in children. (3) Research indicates that the highest risk of concussion is among the youngest athletes, but Mississippi law only applies to school athletic events in grades 7-12 and does not cover recreational sports. (4) Mississippi law does not address return to learn (RTL) protocols that make accommodation to help return children to the classroom after suffering a concussion. (5) Research indicates sports-related concussions SRCs are under-reported, and Mississippi law does not require reporting for SRCs.
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