The Idaho Senate Monday approved legislation that would create programs that would highlight the dangers of concussions in high school sporting events. An earlier version of the plan included a requirement that coaches remove players from the field of play if they suffer a concussion, which is a blow to the head or body that causes someone’s brain to move rapidly inside someone’s skull.
“Concussions, at least the first time around, have serious consequences for further injuries,” said Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise, who sponsored the legislation.
Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, said he could sponsor the educational legislation. “This is more guidance and education than it is regulation,” he said. The plan asks the Idaho State Board of Education to work with the Idaho High School Activities Association to develop materials and programs that will aid in training coaches, athletes, and parents alike about the dangers and risks of concussions.