New VT Law Requires Trained Personnel At Collision Sports
June 19, 2013
MONTPELIER, Vt.—In a recent report on VTDigger.com, Montpelier
High School football coach John Murphy said he believes a bill Gov. Peter
Shumlin signed recently near the school’s athletic fields will make his players
safer next season.
The bill, S.4, requires high schools to have a certified
trainer or medical professional at all games involving collision sports to
determine whether a player has suffered a concussion and to rule on when that
player can return to the field. The law defines collision sports as football,
ice hockey, lacrosse and wrestling.
The bill is particularly important to Murphy, not because
the Solons suffered an abnormal number of head injuries, but because the squad
lacks numbers. MHS had to forfeit several games last season because it could
not field enough healthy bodies. Because of shrinking enrollment, MHS will
field only a junior varsity team this fall.
“This will make it safer,” Murphy said. “The emphasis on
safety is something we all take seriously.”