New Law Protects Ind. HS Football Players, Coaches
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A newly signed law makes Indiana the first state to require high school and youth football coaches to undergo concussion training.
Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Enrolled Act 222 into law on Monday. The bill had received bi-partisan support in the Indiana legislature and has been backed by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
Under the law, coaches would have to take the training program at least once every two years.
The new law also requires that when a young football player suffers a possible concussion or exhibits symptoms, that player must be held out of games or practices for at least 24 hours.
The law’s co-author, State Senator Travis Holdman (R-Markle), said that in high-contact sports like football, students are more vulnerable to serious injuries that can have long-term effects.
“But this shouldn’t keep them from playing a sport they enjoy. The training and procedures outlined in this bill will give coaches the resources and knowledge they need to keep their athletes safe,” said Holdman.
SEA 222 also provides civil immunity for football coaches who comply with training requirements and act in good faith. Coaches would not be personally liable for a student athlete’s concussion or head injury, except in cases of negligence or misconduct.