Youth concussion law proposed in Erie County

Posted at 8:13 AM, Mar 03, 2016

If you have kids that play contact sports then one local lawmakers efforts could help keep them safe. Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke is proposing a youth concussion law that would require specific training for sports officials. 

On Thursday at 2 p.m. inside Erie County legislature chambers they'll discuss the need for mandatory concussion training. 

The law would require referees, coaches, teachers and others involved with organized sports go through concussion training. The legislation aims to identify the symptoms of a concussion early to prevent long term brain injury for athletes. 

"They have problems with their memory, they have problems with emotional ability," said Gail Burstein the Erie County Health Commissioner. 

Organizations that already require the training would be exempt from the law.