Conn. bill would track high school sports injuries

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawmakers are considering a bill requiring Connecticut to track injuries suffered by high school athletes.

The legislature's Public Health Committee is scheduled to vote Monday on a proposal requiring the Department of Public Health to establish a two-year pilot program to study the incidence of injuries — concussions in particular — experienced by high school students who participate in interscholastic sports.

Grants would be made to 20 high schools so they could monitor and report such injuries.

If approved, the bill would face further action in the Senate.

Public Health Commissioner Jewel Mullen has said addressing injuries in school-based athletics is important, but her agency does not have the available resources for such a study.

Connecticut once had an Office of Injury Prevention, but grant money ended in 2010.

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