HARTFORD — State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria, R-Seymour, testified this month in support of legislation that would strengthen concussion protocols.
Senate Bill 769, which Klarides-Ditria, an athletic trainer, co-sponsored, would require coaches of youth athletic activities on public athletic fields complete a training course regarding concussions. The bill would also require the coaches to remove from play athletes suspected of having or diagnosed with a concussion and to prohibit them from resuming until permission is obtained from a licensed health care provider, a press release stated.
The legislature’s Committee on Children held a public hearing on the bill on Feb. 16.
“As an athletic trainer, I have seen first-hand the danger that concussions pose to our children,” said Klarides-Ditria in the release. “The symptoms are not clear to the untrained eye, and too often the thrill of athletic competition is placed ahead of the safety and well-being of our children.”
Klarides-Ditria introduced similar legislation, House Bill 6705, which was before the Public Health Committee, the release stated.