Conn. bills address concussions, heart attacks

By By SUSAN HAIGH

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are being asked to address two issues that have afflicted student athletes: concussions and cardiac arrests.

The General Assembly's Committee on Children heard testimony Thursday on legislation that would expand the state's 2010 concussion prevention law, such as limiting contact sports practices to 90 minutes a week.

The same bill would require youth athletes suspected of having a concussion to get written clearance from a medical professional before returning to the sport.

Lawmakers were also urged Thursday to pass legislation requiring a course be developed for parents and coaches about the risk of cardiac arrest in youth.

Victor Pena, whose nearly 15-year-old son Andy died in 2011 after running on a treadmill, said he was unaware his son, a Darien High School junior, suffered from chronic myocarditis (meye-oh-kar-DEYE'-tis).

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