New law requires all coaches to get concussion training

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- When it comes to student athletes and concussions, football always seems to get most of the attention. But experts say a serious head injury like a concussion can happen in almost any sport--and state lawmakers agree.

Starting today, all interscholastic coaches training students between grades 5 and 12, will have to undergo specialized training on how to spot concussions. The training does not cover coaches on intramural or club teams.

"I think it’s an outstanding move because anything that increases awareness in the community among coaches, players and the athletes and parents is a wonderful thing," said IU Health sports medicine physician Dr. John Baldea.  He says concussions are a serious injury, and not just "getting your bell rung" as many still assume.

Interscholastic football coaches have had to undergo the training since 2014, but now every interscholastic coach of a sport designated as such by the IHSAA will have to do the same. Despite starting on Friday, coaches will have until July 1, 2017 to complete the training. Coaches will have to get re-certified every two years.

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