Legislation Seeks More Caution With Concussions

Posted On January 31, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

south-dearborn-football-08242011.jpg(Indianapolis, Ind.) – In contact sports, it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether a bump to the head is nothing to worry about or reason to see a doctor.

A bill in the Indiana legislature seeks to require more caution for school athletes who may suffer a concussion. Senate Bill 222 passed the state Senate on a 45-1 vote on Thursday and now heads across the statehouse hall to the House.

Authored by State Senator Travis Holdman (R-Markle), SB 222 requires Indiana’s high school football coaches to receive player safety and head injury training at least once every two years.  The Indiana Football Coaches Association is among the organizations supporting the bill.

In addition, an athlete who has been removed from play because of a suspected concussion or head injury may not return to play until at least 24 hours have passed since the incident.

“It’s an unfortunate reality that many students suffer long-term effects from concussions sustained in youth sports,” Holdman said. “However, with appropriate training and procedures, we can take the necessary steps to reduce these consequences and even prevent serious injury from happening. It’s my hope this measure will give coaches the resources they need to ensure our kids are protected and able to enjoy a sport they love.”

If it becomes law, the bill would also provides civil immunity for coaches in certain circumstances.