INDIANAPOLIS—Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) proposed a change that would extend concussion and head injury protections to a larger range of student athletes. Under Senate Bill (SB) 403, head injury protection measures would begin in 5th grade rather than 9th and all coaches and assistant coaches would be required to complete certified coaching education courses.

“Concussions amongst student athletes are an issue we should not take lightly,” said Sen. Lanane. “Head injuries at a young age have far-reaching complications from which we must protect all our athletes.”

SB 403 would include interscholastic and intramural sports as well as high school sports. An amendment was made Tuesday to provide that all sports are encompassed in the proposal’s protections in order to not discriminate against any one sport.

“Parents expect their children to be safe at school,” said Sen. Lanane. “That should apply both in the classroom and on the field.”

SB 403 passed the Senate by a vote of 45-4. The proposal now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.