Thursday’s news involving health and safety in sports:
* A concussion policy bill has advanced to the Tennessee Senate, according to The Associated Press.
The legislation is similar to laws passed in 42 other states and the District of Columbia that include provisions requiring students to be removed from an event if they show concussion symptoms, such as headaches, dilated eyes or vomiting. The Tennessee proposal in particular would require schools to adopt guidelines to educate coaches, school administrators, athletes and their parents about the symptoms and dangers of concussions and head injuries. Under the measure, injured students wouldn’t be able to resume the sport until a medical professional clears their return.
* The AP also reported that Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is making progress and might soon return to the ice after recovering from his concussion.
The Colorado Avalanche captain went full-speed in the morning session — donning a brightly colored sweater to signify no contact — but he missed his 11th straight game Wednesday night against the St. Louis Blues.
He hopes he can return to the lineup soon, maybe for a three-game road swing through California that kicks off this weekend. He’s not quite sure yet on timing.
* Syracuse.com reported a doctor in the region wants to build a “victory campus,” combining sports and medicine facilities.
* WSYX-TV in Columbus, Ohio, had a special report on kids and concussions.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor