HS Sports Concussion Bill Passes Ind. House
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana’s high school football players and other athletes who suffer a possible concussion during a game or practice may have to sit out at least 24 hours before they can return to the field.
That’s the idea behind a bill which passed the Indiana House on a 95-3 vote Monday. Senate Bill 222 now heads to a conference committee with House and Senate lawmakers.
The legislation proposes a mandatory one-day period before a high school athlete – in football or any other sport – removed from play because of a suspected concussion or head injury can get back into the game or practice. If it earns the governor’s signature to become law, the rule would go into effect on July 1.
Bill sponsor State Senator Travis Holdman (R-Markle) said concussions are such an insidious injury the symptoms may not show up for years later.
SB 222 has a second tool in combating concussions. Football coaches and assistant football coaches would be required to complete a player safety and concussion training course at least once every two years. If the bill becomes law, Indiana would be the first state in the country to make such training a requirement for coaches.
Also under the bill, coaches would become personally immune from liability in certain civil cases involving player injuries, as long as the coach acted in good faith.