PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A state senator has introduced a bill that would require an adult trained in recognizing a concussion to be present at youth sporting events in Rhode Island.

Currently state law encourages school districts to have an athletic trainer at these events. Democratic Sen. Frank Lombardi wants to change it to specifically require the presence of a trainer, nurse, or someone else similarly trained to recognize the symptoms of a concussion and evaluate.

The bill was referred to the Senate Education Committee.

Lombardi, of Cranston, says it’s imperative that the state take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of children playing sports.