From an editorial in the Winston-Salem Journal last week:
A bill aimed at gathering more information about sports injuries among students is a good idea. It could go a long way toward improving sports safety and protecting our children as they play.
The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, would require the state Board of Education and local boards to put more focus on addressing and documenting serious sports injuries among middle and high-school students.
The bill would call for the state board and local boards to raise awareness and recognition of sudden cardiac arrest and heat-related illnesses. It would also call for establishing a public database on serious sports injuries and enhancing existing concussion safety protocols and emergency action plans.
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As part of the new requirements, all head coaches and the athletic director would complete and maintain CPR certification.
Lambeth, a former top executive of N.C. Baptist hospital, brings solid expertise.
We can’t anticipate every negative consequence, but it makes sense to take reasonable precautions.