By Philip Bowman
State Representative Peter McCoy has filed legislation to protect high school athletes from concussions. 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 force 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.
"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, a Republican who represents James Island and Folly Beach (District 115). "The legislation I have introduced has the safety of our student-athletes as the top priority."