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Oregon lawmakers address youth athletes and concussions

March 3, 2018

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s legislature has moved to expand the list of medical professionals who can who can clear youth athletes to return to play after being suspected of having a concussion.

Under a measure passed Saturday, chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists, occupational therapists and physician assistants would be added to the list. Legislators made some changes to the proposal: an earlier version had also proposed adding athletic trainers to the list, but an amendment removed them before the vote. A previous effort to expand the list failed in the 2017 Legislature.

After the amendment, the measure passed the Senate on a 26-3 vote.

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