Athlete deaths prompt program changes

May 6, 2009 6:23:48 PM PDT
The deaths of three high school football players, including a Chapel Hill teen, are prompting serious changes across the state.The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors said Wednesday they support a plan that requires member schools to hire an athletic trainer.

The move is partly in response to Atlas Fraley's death last year. He died at his home after a football scrimmage.

The board is also requiring any athlete who receives a head injury or suspected concussion to get a doctor's note before returning to the field of play.