SOTs: Concussions

Micheal Duerson /Brother of former NFL player Dave Duerson
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“Going down to the 5th grade and monitoring these students is very important not only because it affects them academically or their ability to play on the field but in my case …it’s affecting me in my golden years.”

Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson / Bill Author
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“Our awareness of what concussions were all about and the idea of just traumatic brain injury was so limited and you know it was just hey shake it off and get back on the field and that’s what we’re trying to prevent with this bill.”

Dr. Henry Feaur / Indianapolis Colts Physician
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“The biggest problem with concussions and obviously a lot of hype for the last ten years …very difficult to make the diagnosis …because most of the kids look normal …the professionals look normal for the most part and obviously we’ve learned in the last ten years that something bad can happen.”

SCRIPT:

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YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THE DEATH OF FORMER NFL PLAYER DAVE DUERSON BACK IN 20-11.
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DUERSON TOOK HIS OWN LIFE AND DONATED HIS BRAIN TO HELP RESEARCHERS UNDERSTAND THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF DISORDERS CAUSED BY CONCUSSIONS.
IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT HOOSIER STUDENT ATHLETES FROM THE DISORDER … LAWMAKERS ARE LOOKING INTO A BILL THAT WOULD EXPAND CONCUSSION TRAINING FOR COACHES AND ASSISTANT COACHES TO ATHLETES IN GRADES 5 THROUGH 12.
PHYSCIANS SAY EXPANDING THE STATE’S EXISTING CONCUSSION PROTOCOL DOWN TO THE 5TH GRADE IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE A CHILD IS MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER A SEVERE CONCUSSION.
LAWMAKERS HEARD TESTIMONY FROM DUERSON’S BROTHER WHO ALSO SUFFERED CONCUSSIONS DURING HIS YOUTH.
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Micheal Duerson /Brother of former NFL player Dave Duerson
“Going down to the 5th grade and monitoring these students is very important not only because it affects them academically or their ability to play on the field but in my case …it’s affecting me in my golden years.”

Dr. Henry Feaur / Indianapolis Colts Physician
“The biggest problem with concussions and obviously a lot of hype for the last 10 years …very difficult to make the diagnosis …because most of the kids look normal …the professionals look normal for the most part and obviously we’ve learned in the last 10 years that something bad can happen.”
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PART OF THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE STUDENT ATHLETES TO TAKE AN IMPACT TEST BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN A SPORT AND AGAIN IF A COACH SUSPECTS THE ATHLETE SUFFERED A CONCUSSION.
THE BILL PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY AND NOW HEADS TO THE SENATE FLOOR.

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