Connecticut Student Athlete Concussion Law Has Coaches Taking Courses on Head Injuries

The big news this summer in the field of concussions and brain injuries was the lawsuit commenced in July by 75 former professional football players against the NFL alleging the league knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects of concussions on players’ brains, but concealed the information from players, coaches, trainers and others until June 2010.

However, less well known is the quiet impact that Connecticut’s student athlete concussion law, effective July 2010, has had on the safety of high school football players.

Among other requirements, the law requires interscholastic and intramural coaches in Connecticut to take a course on concussions. One of the key goals is to teach coaches how to identify the symptoms of a concussion after a player takes a hit to head, and to determine whether the player should be pulled from the game.