By MAX BLAGODAR, age 10
Mentored by ELITE TRUONG
A concussion is an injury caused by blow to the head or body. Charles Youvella, a Hopi High School football player from Arizona, died from a concussion from that he got during a high school football game. He died on November 13, 2013. According to Discovery Health, “There are 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions every year from sports and recreational activities.”
The Indiana House of Representatives passed a bill that requires high school coaches to do concussion training. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, this training will teach them how to understand a concussion and the consequences of this injury.
The concussion bill was signed into law in March 2014, making Indiana the first state to require such training. The bill passed by 95 to 3 by the Indiana House. Indiana Senator Travis Holdman, who proposed the bill says that, “Concussions are such an insidious (hidden) injury that the symptoms may not show up for years later,” he said. “With football being the most complex sport to coach and play, we need to require coaches to be properly trained in not only identifying concussions but also heat stroke and the fundamentals of football.”