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Lawmakers Seek To Expand Concussion Prevention Practices

Indiana law requires high school athletes who suffer head injuries to sit out of games and practices until they've been cleared by a medical professional. It also mandates high school coaches take concussion awareness training.

The new Senate bill would expand the law to fifth through eighth grade.

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, authored the legislation and says it fits into a larger conversation about head injuries.

“We now know that kids are prone…can be vulnerable to the injuries in many other sports and at a much younger age, so I think it’s just a matter of awareness of what concussions are all about that’s prompting this action," Lanane says.

The bill also has the Indiana High School Athletic Association's support.

But Commissioner Bobby Cox says he does have some concerns about how the law would be enforced.

“It has to have the ability to be implemented," Cox says. "And when you start talking about implementation and enforcement for fifth graders in the State of Indiana, who’s gonna do that?”

Lanane says he hopes the Senate will vote on the bill next week.

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