This is a news release from MSMA
Starting July 1, state law will protect athletes who sustain head injuries in the course of school activities. Coined "Return to Play" legislation, Mississippi will be the last state to sign this legislation into law. Interest groups including the Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA), Brain Injury Association of Mississippi, and the Athletic Trainers Association have spoken out in support of this legislation. The specifics of this legislation are based very closely off the current protocol set in place by the Mississippi High School Athletics Association. House Insurance Chairman Sam Mims of McComb sponsored and introduced the bill in the House, while Senator Brice Wiggins sponsored the bill in the Senate. House Bill 48, was brought up in committee the first week of the legislative session and was voted through unanimously, followed by a 116-1 votes on the House floor later on that week. Thursday, January 23, the Senate voted unanimously in favor of the passage of the Return to Play bill, and it is expected to be signed into law next week by Governor Phil Bryant. This bill will be the first bill to be signed into law for the 2014 legislative session.
Chair of the MSMA Board of Trustees Dr. Lee Voulters commented, "It is certainly reassuring to know as a physician and as a neurologist especially, that extra precautions have been mandated by law to protect our young athletes. Concussions are a serious issue and it is gratifying to see Mississippi finally recognize the need for legislation such as this – as the rest of the country has."