Chiropractors squeeze into head injuries bill

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Over objections of the Florida Medical Association, chiropractors muscled their way into a bill that would require schools to set up policies for handling head injuries in school sports, reports the News Service of Florida. The bill (HB 301) says schools must set up a policy that allows only a licensed physician to clear a student who has suffered head injury to play again. Chiropractors were upset because that would have excluded them from clearing students to return to athletics. Chiropractors do not attend medical school or receive the same training as a licensed physician, the Florida Medical Association argued, and therefore cannot be in the position to know whether a head injury has healed. But an amendment floated by Rep. Marti Coley, R-Marianna, to add chiropractors to the list of allowed physicians to clear a student for athletics was successfully added. Though the amended bill was passed by the House Education Committee on Wednesday, several lawmakers expressed reservations about it. Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, said she supports the concept of preventing head injuries but said the bill still ?eeds more work.?The Senate version (SB 730) has one committee stop left.

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