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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Geoff Penrod, Columbia City High School athletic director, came before the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees last week to talk about a new Indiana Code to the Concussion Law which will go into effect July 1 for grades nine through 12.
Penrod said the 40-page document was broken down into six different areas.
â€śIt basically says we are going to require all our student athletes next year to be tested on the computer using FWO (Fort Wayne Orthosport) as the basis for this,â€ť said Penrod.
In the past year, Penrod said the FWO, who supplies a trainer at no cost, secured a grant that allowed the schools to supply computerized testing for athletes.
â€śBasically, itâ€™s answering questions, and it gives the doctor then a baseline to compare all future concussive events to the testing,â€ť said Penrod.
Penrod said it will be required of all coaches to become certified in dealing with concussions.
â€śThis is a class they take online, and once theyâ€™re done, they can apply for a certificate,â€ť said Penrod. â€śApproximately 38 of our 62 coaches have already become certified.â€ť
Penrod said all coaches who need to be certified have received phone calls, and those who are not yet certified have until July 1 to complete the online class.
Penrod reminded the board that oftentimes it does not take much for an athlete to get a concussion, especially in the more aggressive sports such as football, basketball and soccer.
â€śThis is not something we take lightly here,â€ť said Penrod. â€śConcussions are very serious.â€ť
The problem with head injuries in athletics, particularly football, is being addressed on the national stage with schools like the University of North Carolina paving the way with new â€ścollision-measuringâ€ť sensors installed into helmets. Currently, the National Football League has yet to adopt the technology.