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Safeguard Young Athletes’ Health

July 25, 2013
By THE INTELLIGENCER , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

It is not uncommon these days for high school football players "shaken up" by hard hits to sit out several plays, or even the rest of the game. That is better than risking more serious injury by sending a player who has suffered a concussion back into the game, the overwhelming majority of sports coaches understand.

Still, a new West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission rule should be welcomed. It requires that all head coaches of sports at the middle school and high school levels get training on recognizing the symptoms of concussion and how to handle victims of it.

Another good move by the SSAC is to offer the training to those other than coaches.

Here in the Northern Panhandle, we know of coaches who have refused players' requests to be put back in games, simply because the adult mentors didn't want to take chances. That attitude and the SSAC training almost undoubtedly will prevent some serious injuries - or worse.

 
 

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