NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- Bay Gannon is a Fletcher High football player who knows something about hard hits and getting a concussion. Recently, he was sidelined from playing until he was medically clear to return to the game.
Florida is the 30th state to enact concussion guidelines that spell out what needs to happen if a high school player suffers a head injury.
On Friday, Governor Rick Scott came to the First Coast for a ceremonial bill signing since local Rep. Ron "Doc" Renuart sponsored the legislation. Renuart is a physician very familiar with the seriousness of concussions.
"There is pressure from parents, there is pressure from coaches. The students themselves don't want to be pulled from the game," said Renuart from his Ponte Vedra Beach medical clinic.
Renuart says the the law that took effect July 1 requires students who suffer a head injury believed to be a concussion to be medically cleared by a doctor before being allowed to return to the game.
"The kids think if the symptoms are gone, they are OK and that is not the case," said Fletcher High football coach Josh Corey.
Gannon says he appreciates the law the kept him off the field for nearly two weeks.
"I hurt my back, but after that night the next day, my head started to hurt," said Gannon, following a hit with a doctor later signing off allowing him back to practice.
The law applies to all sports with football getting most of the attention. It is estimated every year 300,000 high school players receive head injuries with most of them being some for of a concussion.
First Coast News