Published: Jan 16, 2011 9:28 PM EST
Updated: Jan 16, 2011 6:29 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The NFL is helping craft legislation in states around the country that would protect young athletes from the devastating long-term effects of concussions.

Omaha Sen. Steve Lathrop last week introduced a bill in Nebraska that works to raise coaches' awareness of symptoms and prevent athletes from returning to practice or competition too soon.

Prevention of head trauma has been a major issue in the National Football League during the past year. The league has implemented new standards for the management of concussions and has cracked down on hits to the head.
      
The bill would require public and private high schools, as well as other youth sports organizations, to provide coaches with training on how to recognize symptoms of concussions.

Other states already have approved similar legislation.

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