Texas adopts new head injury rules for high school

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas high school athletes will soon be required to sit out at least one day after sustaining a head injury.

State Commissioner of Education Robert Scott has signed off on the rule change that had been approved by the University Interscholastic League.

The UIL currently allows players to return if they show no symptoms for 15 minutes. Starting Aug. 1, the change will require athletes to sit out the rest of the day and return only after a licensed medical professional clears them.

The new guidelines also will eliminate the grading of concussions for severity. The changes follow recommendations of the National Federation of State High School Associations.