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McCoy Files Legislation to Protect High School Athletes

Friday, March 31, 2011

Columbia, SC - Fighting to increase safety in high school sports, Representative Peter McCoy (Republican, James Island/Folly Beach) introduced House Bill 3768.

"With over 140,000 high school student-athletes across the country suffering concussions each year and with post-concussion syndrome and second-impact syndrome dire realities, it is imperative we protect our young athletes from serious and even fatal results," said McCoy. "The legislation I have introduced has the safety of our student-athletes as the top priority."

If passed, House Bill 3768 will require local school districts to adopt certain guidelines to protect high school student-athletes from concussions. It will also require the Department of Education to develop and distribute to local school districts model policies informing and educating coaches, student-athletes, and their parents of the nature and risk of concussions, criteria for removal from and return to play, and risks of not reporting the injury and continuing to play.

McCoy, a former high school and collegiate student-athlete, said the bill is critical in protecting high school athletes. "Requiring the Department of Education and our local school districts to address this issue is vital in maintaining the safety of our high school student-athletes."

Rep. McCoy's bill has received bi-partisan support with 18 co-sponsors, including Rep. Jackie "Coach" Hayes (Democrat, Dillon). "As a coach and an athletic director, I applaud Rep. McCoy for bringing this important issue to the table," said Hayes. "I look forward to working with Rep. McCoy to pass this important measure in protecting our youth."