I-Team 8 report prompts concussion tracking

(WISH Photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Less than a week after Indiana high schools began reporting concussions, 44 of them are now on record.

I-Team 8 has had multiple investigations into football helmets and concussions, and they have prompted big changes for every high school athlete.

After I-Team 8′s reports, the commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Bobby Cox, took immediate action.

In time for the full football season, IHSAA developed a website for schools to report all concussions from all sports. The link went live last week. The schools will report the date, if it happened during a game or practice, whether they were seen by the athletic trainer or a doctor, what type of surface — such as the gym, grass or turf — and if the student returned to play after an exam.

The move makes Indiana a leader in tracking all student concussions.

“The IHSAA and its 410 member schools continue to work collectively to insure the health and safety of our student athletes,” Cox told I-Team 8. “The association has now offered functionality within their members’ website to allow athletic trainers or athletic directors to record concussive events as they occur. The data collected will be used to analyze trends in this area to give us a better snapshot of where and when concussive events transpire. These statistics may allow the association to make positive recommendations to further protect young Hoosiers participating in education-based athletics.”

Senator Jim Merritt wrote a letter to IHSAA after being contacted by I-Team 8 about a lack of tracking concussions.

“The health of Hoosier student athletes is a top priority. As of now, the reporting is not mandatory but I hope that all schools decide to use the website. I would like to thank Bobby Cox, commissioner of the IHSAA, and everyone else involved in the development of the new website. I will continue to work with the IHSAA to ensure the well-being of young Hoosier athletes,” said Senator Merritt.

The list isn’t public yet, but Cox says he doesn’t anticipate any school not participating. I-Team 8 will check back with the athletic association on numbers as football season gets into full swing.

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