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Concussion Prevention Bill Moves Ahead In Colorado

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DENVER (AP) – A bill to help prevent youth brain injuries by requiring that more coaches receive training about concussions moved a step closer to approval in Colorado Friday when the House tentatively agreed to the bill over objections that the training requirement would burden small towns.

Senate Bill 40 requires youth athletic coaches to complete short online training in recognizing concussions. High school coaches already get training; the bill extends the requirement to middle-school and recreational coaches.

Some rural Republicans complained that the bill would unfairly burden rural areas that have a hard time finding enough volunteer coaches. But supporters insist the courses are a needed safety precaution.

The House will take a more formal final vote on the measure later.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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