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Coaches Must Take Required Concussion-Awareness Training
Updated April 5, 2016 7:27 AM | Filed under: Sports
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(UNDATED) - Coaches at public schools in Indiana have to add a class of their own before next year.

Indiana will be the first state in the nation to require concussion-awareness training for high school and youth football coaches and to impose a 24-hour waiting period on young players who are suspected of suffering a concussion.

Gov. Mike Pence signed into law Senate Bill 222, which is designed to address the growing concern over youth football players with concussions returning to play too soon.

Under the law, youth and high school football head coaches and assistant coaches will be required to take a concussion-awareness course approved by the State Department of Education.

They would have to take the course once every two years and pass a test showing they understand the course content. The new requirements take effect July 1.

The idea is to make sure coaches know how to spot signs of a concussion in a player, and that they know how to safely handle it.

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