SPORTS SAFETY: Concussion Protection

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A plan to protect student athletes from concussions and other brain injuries was supposed to go before a House Education Committee, but before the measure cleared the committee, both state high school athletic associations acted first.

The bill would have required coaches and school officials to know the basic signs and symptoms of a concussion plus how to respond to the injury. They would have had to complete an online training course for dealing with concussions.

“This kind of nudged the Iowa Athletic Association and the Girls Union to step in and decided what they’re going to do is they’re just going to ahead and deal it on their side. So we don’t really have to do a bill,” says Rep. Mark Lofgren.

The additional training for coaches 7th grade and up could be in place for the next school year.