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[s19] Sen. Holdman: Senate Approves Legislation to Protect Youth Athletes
Start Date: 2/21/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/21/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (Feb. 21, 2013) —Legislation authored by State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) to protect youth athletes passed the Senate today by a vote of 47-1.

Senate Bill 372 would require the Indiana Department of Education to develop guidelines to protect students under 20 years old from the effects of concussions incurred at school sports events. These guidelines would then be published on the Indiana State Department of Health’s website to share the information with the public, including youth athletic organizations not affiliated with schools.

“It’s an unfortunate reality that many young athletes suffer long-term damage from concussions,” Holdman said. “However, with proper training and preparation, we can lessen that risk. I’m hopeful these new guidelines will keep athletes safe without keeping them from a sport they enjoy.”

The legislation also requires football coaches to complete annual training courses on concussion awareness, equipment fitting, heat emergency preparedness and proper technique. Coaches who pass these courses are granted civil immunity if an athlete suffers a concussion, except in instances of negligence or willful misconduct.

Holdman said he worked to find low-cost training for coaches through USA Football – the national governing body of youth and amateur football. Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck applauded Holdman’s efforts.

“We commend Sen. Holdman for his leadership to support and advance this important bill to Gov. Pence to promote safer and better sports experiences for our kids,” Hallenbeck said. “Indiana has built a model for other states to follow. It would be a victory for youth football parents across our state to know that their child’s coaches are trained to teach the game’s fundamentals, which, in turn, makes them safer while they gain the values of a great team sport.”

The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
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