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WISH- Even though it’s still technically winter, lawmakers are looking ahead for the safety of student athletes.

In a few months, temperatures will be rising which means more student athletes across the state could risk heat exhaustion.

It’s so much of an issue, one State lawmaker wants to make sure all coaches know how to deal with it.

The Centers for Disease Control said heat-related illnesses can kill you if it isn’t properly diagnosed or treated.

The National Athletic Trainer’s Association says 20 athletes have died from heat-stroke from 2010-2015.

The National Athletic Trainer’s Association says 20 athletes died from heat-stroke from 2010-2015.
State Rep. Ron Bacon, a Republican from Chandler said “Nationally, heat-related death are the number one killer of student athletes.”

The stats are alarming enough to get lawmakers talking on the Senate floor today.

Namely State Rep. Ron Bacon. In his 24 years of coaching high school softball, he knows how to spot heat exhaustion.

“Suddenly, they’re dropping, running out of gas, running our of energy. It’s hot. You’ve got to recognize how hot it is…how often you need to do water breaks,” Bacon explained.

It’s why Bacon said his bill would require your student athlete’s coaches to take an online certified 1-hour heat-related illness course at least every two years. Bacon says his previous bill, which is now law, already requires concussion training.

Bacon said “It was a matter of making sure our coaches are educated to recognize the symptoms of heat-exhaustion.”

This would add to coaches plates.

Tim Drudge. the President-elect of the Indiana Athletic Trainer’s Association said Wednesday
“With this legislation, Indiana would join the list of states that have encompassed the ‘Head, Heart and Heat’ triad in protecting athletes of all youth sports.”

The idea already sailed through the House last month, and got a committee hearing today. The goal…to help save your child athlete.

Bacon explained “So they can stay alive. Get the hydration, especially in the heat.”

For a list of resources, click here

Other resources:

Annual Catastrophic Sports Injury Research

Information from the National Athletic Trainer’s Association

Information from the Centers for Disease Control

Information from the State of Indiana

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