Indiana schools now reporting concussions

Photos courtesy Lisa Peck
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Just days after the first test of the state's concussion law, Eyewitness News has learned of an alarming number of football players and other athletes injured.

Fishers alone confirms at least 14 concussions following the opening week of high school football games and soccer practice.

The new law requires athletes to leave a game or practice if they show signs of a concussion and they can't return until cleared by a physician.

Lisa Peck gives Indiana's new student athlete concussion law a thumbs-up, especially since her son plays sports.

"I didn't really want my son to sign up for football again this year. He played for two years and I was concerned about him getting hit in the head," she said.

The new law forces athletes who suffer concussions to be sidelined until a doctor says otherwise.

Fishers High School trainer Bruce Willard has always benched injured athletes. Willard believes the new law has sparked new talk about an old problem. He teaches athletes the warning signs.

"The headache, dizziness, confusion. A lot of our students describe it as being out of it, feeling a little bit foggy," said Willard.

We called around to central Indiana school districts and found IPS reporting no concussions; Ben Davis two, Washington Township and Zionsville confirm five; Fishers reported 14 and Noblesville had the most at 17. Since July 30th, the Center Grove High School athletic trainer has had nine athletes with concussions. Two athletes came into fall camp with concussions and seven were sustained since fall camp started.

In Fishers after a student is sidelined for a concussion, there are both written and practical baseline testing before an athlete returns to play.

"The law has really just tightened things down a bit and it has attracted the awareness of everyone," said Willard.

Peck says she will always encourage her son to compete, but when it comes to a concussion, she says the risk of getting a brain injury isn't worth it - and that's when it's time for a time-out.

Read the text of the new law.

The doctor who treated Colts wide receiver Austin Collie will be among other top physicians educating coaches, parents and student-athletes Tuesday night about concussions. They'll discuss what signs to look for and how to treat them. The free seminar begins at 7:00 pm at North Central High School at 1801 East 86th Street.