Rep. Bacon sponsors bill to educate student athletes about head injuries
STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) sponsored a bill that will help keep student athletes, their parents and coaches more informed about the risk and nature of head injuries. Senate Bill 93 was authored by State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) and it passed the House on its third and final reading in a vote of 78-14. The bill will now go to the governor's desk to be signed into law.
"I worked closely with Sen. Holdman and the Department of Education to create this bill," said Rep. Bacon. "We want to ensure that student athletes are aware of the risks that a head injury can have, and that if they do receive a head injury while playing a sport or in practice that they are removed from the game until they have been cleared by a doctor. Their health and safety are our number one priority and I think this legislation is a good step in protecting Hoosier student athletes."
SB 93 will require the Department of Education to distribute guidelines, information sheets, and forms to inform and educate coaches, student athletes and their parents of the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries.
Each year a student athlete participates the information must be given to them and their parents. The parents will be required to return a form acknowledging that they received the information to the student's coach before beginning practice for a sport.
If a student athlete is suspected of sustaining a head injury or concussion they must be removed from play at the time of the injury. The student athlete may not return to play until they have received written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in evaluating head injuries.
SB 93 will take effect on July 1, 2011.