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Nebraska nonprofit seeks school concussion injury policy

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A nonprofit advocacy group has asked Nebraska's State Board of Education to create a model policy for schools to assess and monitor students who have brain injuries.

Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska told the Education Board last week that schools across the state respond to concussion injuries in an inconsistent manner, despite the 2012 Concussion Awareness Act requiring schools to establish protocols to handle such injuries.

Alliance board member Sharon Royers says discussions about concussions have focused too long on athletics. She says most schools manage concussions through the athletics department, despite a third of students suffering head injuries outside of athletics.

Royers says an ideal response protocol would involve parents and doctors in order to be effective.



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