Lawmakers back student concussion safety

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana lawmakers are working to strengthen laws to protect student athletes, specifically football players.

Senate Bill 222 puts a bigger focus on coaches when it comes to training and what to do when you have an athlete who has a concussion. The bill would require football coaches to take more training, including concussion awareness, equipment fitting, and proper technique.

Under this legislation, all head and assistant coaches will be tested every two years and given a certificate of completion. The bill also mandates a 24-hour sit-out period for student athletes with head injuries. It will take away the guessing game on whether a student athlete should get back out on the field or not.

If this law passes, Indiana would be the first state to have a law in place requiring further training for football coaches. This builds on a previous state law that was passed in 2011.

This bill specifically names football coaches but the sponsor of the bill is open to expanding the concussion guidelines to other sports.

Senate bill 222 passed the Senate and has now moved to the House. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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