Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 22, 2013

W.Va. coaches to watch for concussion signs


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — High school and middle school coaches in West Virginia will be watching for signs of student athlete concussions during the upcoming school year.

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission is requiring head coaches for all sports to receive training on how to recognize concussions and how to deal with them.

The training isn’t limited to coaches. The SSAC is opening the course to anyone as part of an effort to educate school communities about concussions.

SSAC executive director Gary Ray tells the Charleston Daily Mail  that football is the focus of the effort. But he says concussions can occur in any sport.

The SSAC also plans to collect monthly data on concussions from every school.