Concussions

kuzma, 123rf Stock Photo

New protocols for athletic coaches and referees regarding concussions is likely headed for final passage in the Kentucky legislature. The Senate Education Committee gave unanimous support to the House bill Tuesday. 

kuzma, 123rf Stock Photo

A new bill in the Kentucky General Assembly would allow referees to pull a student athlete out of a competition if they suspect that a player has a concussion and wasn’t given a medical evaluation.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number of reports from the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and other professional sports organizations about the tragic consequences that can come from a lifetime of hard hits and the effects of the concussions that come with them. There’s been speculation that several high-profile athlete suicides were related to what health professionals call Post- Concussion syndrome. Now, there’s growing concern that the hits young athletes suffer in high-school and college sports could have the same effects later in life. Dr.