The Midwest has been busy the past couple of days as now Iowa is about to bring SF153 up for a vote. Interestingly enough this bill in Iowa is very similar to the Illinois bill.
This bill directs the board of directors of each public school district and the authorities in charge of each nonpublic school to develop guidelines and other pertinent information and forms to inform and educate coaches, student athletes, and parents and guardians of student athletes of the nature and risk of concussions and other head injuries, including the danger of continuing to participate in athletic activities after a concussion or head injury. The bill requires school districts and nonpublic schools to annually provide the parent or guardian of a student athlete with a concussion and head injury information sheet which must be signed and returned before the student athlete may participate in an extracurricular interscholastic athletic activity.
We have spoken in-depth about how bills like this are a good, make that a great, start to the process but perhaps they are not going far enough. They are almost like “window dressing”, it won’t make the house more valuable, but it will sell it quicker. I also asked an Iowa athletic trainer to give me some feedback about the bill in their state; Continue reading