Behning: House supports bill requiring coaches to receive training on athlete head injuries

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, March 3, 2016 4:03 pm

Behning: House supports bill requiring coaches to receive training on athlete head injuries

STATEHOUSE (March 3, 2016) —The House of Representatives unanimously supported legislation sponsored by State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) requiring coaches to complete a safety education course to better prevent and identify head injuries in student athletes. 

Under Senate Bill 234, the head coach or assistant coach of an interscholastic sport must be certified in a player safety education course by July 1, 2017. Intramural coaches would not be required to obtain this certification but would still have the option to do so.

“Currently, athletes who are suspected of having a concussion are not able to return to play until they have been evaluated by and received clearance from a qualified health care provider,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “To keep our student athletes safe, this legislation takes additional steps to ensure those who have immediate and direct contact with the athlete can detect warning signs and prevent further, more serious injuries.”

Additionally, this legislation would provide civil immunity for coaches who complete the required training, except in cases of gross negligence.

Senate Bill 234 will now return to the Senate for further action. To read more about this legislation, visit www.iga.in.gov.  

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents

portions of Marion and Hendricks counties.