New bill creates stricter restrictions on concussions

CONCUSSIONS FOOTBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – An Indiana Senate health committee approved the bill to create stronger guidelines for concussions.

The new plan, an update of a law from 2011, requires more from football coaches specifically.

So what does it mean for the future?

Jed Arseneau is the head athletic trainer at Terre Haute North High School. He sees quite a few concussions in sports every year in his training room.

“We’re probably about 2 to 3 concussions per sport as kind of the average for the year,” said Arseneau.

An approved bill in Indiana builds on a previous state law. The bill, if cleared, requires football coaches to take more training, including concussion awareness.

It also mandates a 24-hour sit-out period for student athletes with head injuries.

“It’s more creating a better environment for prevention of long-term health effects on kids as they get into adulthood,” said Arseneau.

Arseneau said this bill would help athletic trainers, giving coaches a better understanding of the decisions.

“It’s not putting too much pressure or increasing cost because of the fact coaches will be trained in what they’re going to be talking about.”

Coaches being trained to keep kids off the football field when safety’s a question is always an important thing.

“It’s going to show the public that we are doing what’s best for their kids and looking at what’s going to be best long run into adulthood,” said Arseneau.

The legislation, if passed, would make Indiana the first state to write football coaches’ training into law.

The sponsor of the bill is open to expanding the concussion guidelines to other sports.

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