Earlier this week, Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law that will make Indiana the first state in the U.S. to require concussion-awareness training for youth football coaches and impose a 24-hour no-play period on players who might have concussions.
The Indianapolis Star reported that coaches will have to take a concussion awareness course once every two years starting July 1. In the class, they'll learn how to identify concussions and other sports-related injuries like heat stroke, the Star reported.
Though many in the state's football community support the law, others think it doesn't heighten safety standards enough. Fox 59 reported many coaches are already doing more than the measure requires and have balked at the idea of keeping a child with a concussion off the field for only 24 hours.
Lots of schools already have rules about concussions and injuries that are similar to or exceed the law's requirements, so the effects of adjusting to it will be minimal for many, The News-Sentinel reported.
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), there's still a lot about youth concussions that remains unknown – for example, researchers are still relatively in the dark about the prevalence of the problem, its long- and short-term consequences and even how to best diagnose, manage and prevent concussions.
In fact, there's little evidence showing what the ideal amount of downtime is after someone has a concussion, the IOM said.
For more information on concussions, as well as how to identify and prevent them, visit USA Football's website.
To read more about the new law, check out The Indianapolis Star's story.
Has you child had a concussion? How did you or your child's school respond?