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UIL approves new concussion protocol

The UIL Legislative Council approved a new Concussion Management Protocol that will take effect Aug. 1, 2011.

The new protocol shifts to the processes currently practiced by the National Federation of State High School Associations. That includes examinations of players presumed to have obtained a concussion during play by a licensed medical professional or a trained adult supervisor. Athletes will have to be cleared by a medical professional to return to play. For more information on the new protocol, click here for the earlier blog post.

The Legislative Council also approved allowing football scrimmages to take place after six full contact practices instead of seven, as was the rule this season. Also approved was the ability for baseball and softball teams to replace a tournament with three games.

All approvals must be approved by the Commissioner of Education for them to be put into action beginning Aug. 1, 2011.