Despite National Spotlight On Concussion Safety Protocols, California Falls Behind
Some schools are making strides, but the state is only one of a handful that doesn't require a full-time certified athletic trainer on campus -- one of the most crucial steps experts say schools can take to reduce risks associated with sports concussions.
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California Schools Lag Behind In Concussion Prevention. What Is Being Done?
California is one of the few states that does not require high schools to have a full-time certified athletic trainer on campus to monitor concussions and other forms of trauma. As a result, just 19 percent of the roughly 1,500 schools in the state have a certified individual monitoring concussions and ensuring proper procedure is carried out...Six of the 14 valley high schools (43 percent) have a certified trainer on campus, alluding to the progress that is being made. Still, the number leaves much to be desired at a time when rapid concussion education has moved to the forefront of sports-related athletic training. (John, 9/7)