Senate approves Baconís bill to keep student athletes safe

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Wednesday, February 28, 2018 2:02 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2018)  The Indiana Senate Tuesday voted in favor of State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) legislation to help implement heat exhaustion training for coaches to prevent tragedy among student athletes.

Bacon said heat exhaustion is the No. 1 killer of student athletes in the United States. This proposal would ensure coaches of interscholastic and intramural sports for students in grades 5-12 are properly trained to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion to better provide safety to student athletes.

“In my 24 years of coaching softball, I have seen how important it is to recognize heat exhaustion in our student athletes,” Bacon said. “I have implemented legislation over the past five years to help coaches recognize concussions and sudden cardiac arrest. It’s my hope this legislation would continue to give our coaches the resources they need as the weather begins to warm up.”

House Enrolled Act 1024 can now be considered by the governor. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about this legislation.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

A high-resolution photo of Bacon can be downloaded by clicking here.