Ind. Coaches Could Be Required To Receive Heat Exhaustion Training
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – High school coaches in Indiana could soon have to take a class on heat stroke and safety before they take the field.
State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) is pushing a plan to add a heat safety requirement to the regulations for coaches in the state. He says heat exhaustion causing cardiac arrest is the greatest killer of student athletes.
“Over the last five years, I have supported implementing protections for student athletes, and this legislation is a continuation of those efforts,” Bacon said. “Coaches are already trained to identify concussions and sudden cardiac arrest, and adding heat exhaustion to this list will enable coaches to take action in emergency situations and save the lives of students.”
The legislation would create a training requirement for coaches of students in grades 5 through 12.
House Bill 1024 already passed the House on a 91-0 vote last month. It now resides with the Senate Education and Career Development Committee.
Southeastern Indiana State Senator Jeff Raatz (R-Centerville), a member of the education committee, has signed on as a sponsor of the bill.