03/06/2012 08:50 EST | Updated 05/06/2012 05:12 EDT

Ontario government wants concussion policies in schools

New legislation introduced at Queen's Park on Tuesday aims to protect student athletes from some of the harmful effects of concussions.

The McGuinty government's Education Amendment Act (Concussions) has been proposed to ensure injured young athletes do not partake in any activities until they are medically ready.

The bill requires school boards to have concussion policies. As well, it requires children with head injuries to have a doctor's clearance before they begin playing sports again.

Education Minister Laurel Broten said the government will provide all the necessary resources and build more awareness of the issue of concussions.

"We will provide information to parents and teachers and to the broader sports community, so that all of us can have better knowledge when it comes to concussions," she said.