05/29/2017 13:24 EDT | Updated 06/01/2017 12:28 EDT

Proposed Manitoba law aimed at reducing concussions in youth sports

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is eyeing new rules aimed at detecting and reducing the number of concussions in young athletes.

A bill before the legislature would require all provincial sport organizations and school sports teams to adopt protocols for young athletes who are suspected of sustaining a concussion while playing.

The proposed legislation would require coaches to remove an athlete from play and get medical clearance before allowing the athlete to return to action.

Rochelle Squires, minister for sport, culture and heritage, says there would also be mandatory information or training for coaches and athletes.

Dr. Michael Ellis, head of the concussion program at the PanAm clinic in Winnipeg, says the bill will help raise awareness of how to deal with suspected concussions.

It is expected to become law in the fall.