Youth Football Concussions Law Likely

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September 14, 2013 — An Indiana lawmaker says he’ll sponsor a bill next session that would require all youth football coaches using municipally-owned fields to be trained to spot the signs of concussions in their players.

Republican state Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle says his measure would require all football coaches using taxpayer-funded facilities such as school playing fields and township or city parks to be certified to recognize the signs of concussions in players and get them treatment.

Holdman said yesterday concussions are “insidious” because football players who suffer head injuries in their youth can go years before the impact of those injuries become apparent.

A legislative panel is taking testimony about the feasibility of concussion training for coaches and the risks of sudden cardiac arrest in student-athletes.


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