INDIANAPOLIS—Senate Democratic Leader Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) 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.

“It is extremely important that we have legislation in place that takes care of our child athletes,” said Sen. Stoops. “Concussions and head injuries go beyond the initial impact and in some cases affect children for the rest of their lives.”

SB 403 would include interscholastic and intramural sports as well as high school sports played on publicly owned property. 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.

“It is our duty to do what is best for Hoosier children in all cases,” said Sen. Stoops. “This proposal will hopefully put measures in place to do just that. It will require that coaches participate in training to recognize signs of concussion and procedures for child athletes who are injured.”

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


Sen. Stoops represents Indiana Senate District 40, which includes portions of Monroe County, including the City of Bloomington. For more information on Sen. Stoops, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit