New Concussion Legislation Hits Indiana Coaches

Source: | Re-Post Duerson Fund 7/5/2017 –

New legislation in the Hoosier state is tackling a big health concern for student athletes. Concussion protocols have been in effect for high school coaches for several years. But starting July 1, coaches of all sports ranging from grades five through 12 are required to go through concussion certification courses.

When we think of concussions in the world of sports, we immediately think of football. But a head injury can happen on any playing field.

“It can happen anywhere you go at anytime. I think parents and coaches need to be very educated about that to be safe for kids,” said Craig Trout, the Northview baseball coach.

Education among coaches is becoming a top priority. Over the past few years, Coach Trout has taken many certification courses. But his training stretches beyond concussion protocols. “How to use AED machines. 5 years ago, I wouldn’t have known how to use one. It’s become really important for us to learn those type of things, to be aware because an incident can happen at anytime.”

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