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Ind. lawmaker to sponsor concussion training bill

Lawmaker calls concussions "insidious" because the ramifications may not be felt for years.

Posted on Sept. 13, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 13, 2013 at 3:28 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana lawmaker says he’ll sponsor a bill next session that would require all youth football coaches using municipally owned fields to be trained to spot the signs of concussions in their players.

Republican State Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle says his measure would require all football coaches using taxpayer-funded facilities such as school playing fields and township or city parks to be certified to recognize the signs of concussions in players and get them treatment.

Holdman said Friday, Sept. 13, concussions are “insidious” because football players who suffer head injuries in their youth can go years before the impact of those injuries become apparent.

A legislative panel is scheduled to take testimony Friday afternoon on the feasibility of concussion training for coaches and the risks of sudden cardiac arrest in student-athletes.

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