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30 Laws in 30 Days: Stricter concussion protocol aims to protect all student athletes

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After earning two Super Bowl rings during his 11 years in the NFL, David Duerson suffered from stage-four Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease that is linked to concussions. But on February 17, 2011, Duerson was found dead at his Sunny Isles Beach, Florida home. The Miami-Dade County medical […]

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SOTs: Concussions

Micheal Duerson /Brother of former NFL player Dave Duerson [:20] “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 […]

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Bill to expand concussion protocol moves to full Senate

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate Health and Provider Services Committee amended and passed a bill on Wednesday that broadens concussion protocol for student athletes and their coaches. Under current law, high school athletes suspected of suffering a concussion are required to sit out of practice or games until medically cleared by a […]

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Concussion protocol would be required for younger students under legislation

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some lawmakers are looking to expand the reach of concussion awareness, diagnosis, and treatment in student athletes with a bill that is still under discussion. Under current law, high school athletes who are suspected of suffering a concussion are required to sit out of practice or games until they […]

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Coaches required to monitor students with cardiac arrest symptoms under bill passed by Senate

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Coaches would be required to remove student athletes from play if they showed any signs of cardiac arrest under legislation that passed the Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 1290 would require a health care provider to approve the player’s return to a game or practice. The bill also adds […]

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Bill pushes info about cardiac arrest

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are moving legislation that requires athletes, coaches, and parents to be informed about the signs of cardiac arrest. House Bill 1290 – authored by Rep. Ron Bacon, R-Chandler – is designed to increase awareness about heart problems among student athletes and aims to protect those who show symptoms […]

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Bill would raise awareness about cardiac arrest among student athletes

By Halie Solea TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to improve student athletes’ health by raising sudden cardiac arrest awareness and spreading CPR knowledge passed a House committee Tuesday. House Bill 1290 also adds athletic trainers to the definition of “health care provider,” which gives them authority to OK students to play after injuries. The bill’s […]

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Video & story: Lawmakers opt to study expanding concussion rules

By Chase Howell and Zach Osowski TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Leppert lined up at football practice, ready to make the big hit. He always went full speed, putting all his effort into making his “opponent” pay for stepping onto the field. This time, though, would be different. Jack lunged at the lineman across from him […]