Concussion Bill Passes Missouri House
MISSOURI- The Missouri House recently passed a bill saying high school athletes who got a concussion have to sit out 24 hours before they can return to practice or a game.
Stefanie West, an athletic trainer for Hickman High School believes this bill could help smaller schools who don't have an athletic trainer, but the ultimate tool is education. When asked if this potential bill would make more high school teams cautious about putting players in she said, "The bill doesn't do that. Education does." Athletes need to know the dangers of head injuries so they can help self monitor themselves and other players. She says she does the best she can to detect all possible concussions, but there are so many things going on in a game it is almost impossible to catch everyone.
Jay Chase is a football player for Hickman High School. He's had two concussions in his life, and he said he has seen teammates hide a possible concussion. None of these confirmed concussions came in a game time situation, but he suggested he might have been "dinged up" during the summer, but he didn't report it to the athletic trainer even though he said he felt, "dizzy and needed more breaks than usual."
It's unclear at this point what would be the consequences if a high school athlete came back within 24 hours of having a concussion.
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