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New law aims to reduce concussions in youth sports


A new Tennessee law aimed at reducing concussions in youth sports and increasing awareness about traumatic brain injury puts new responsibility on coaches, students and parents.

Ingle Martin, a former member of the Tennessee Titans and current football coach at Christ Presbyterian Academy, said the new regulations are a good idea.

"The more that we know as coaches, the more that we know as people who are dealing with concussions. It is not going to do anything but help them and, ultimately, we are concerned about their safety," said Coach Martin.

Under the new law, coaches, parents and athletes are required to read and sign a form from the Tennessee Department of Health about concussions.

Coaches must complete either the National Federation of State High School Association or the Centers for Disease Control online course each year.

When an athlete is removed from practice for showing signs of a concussion, a CDC Signs and Symptoms Checklist must be completed.

"With as much of what is being made in the NFL, and all of the lawsuits there, it is a trickle down of that. People are trying to make sure that we are doing the right thing as coaches and trying to do the right thing as regulating bodies," Martin stated.

The law applies to public and private school teams for all sports and to recreational youth leagues.

Tennessee is the 44th state to pass a law aimed to reduce concussions in youth sports.

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