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Head injury training would be required of coaches

by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 8:26 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Coaches would be required to be trained on how to recognize and treat concussions and other head injuries under legislation proposed by Democratic state Rep. Joni Jenkins of Shively.

On Tuesday, the bill passed the House Education Committee and now goes before the full House for consideration.

Julian Tackett, who is CEO of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association, said only about a quarter of the state's school districts have athletic trainers.

The bill would also identify actions required before any athlete with a suspected concussion or head injury could return to play.

Committee chairman Rep. Carl Rollins II, a Midway Democrat who is also a sponsor, said a similar bill passed last year but this one applies to middle and high schools.

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