Brazos Valley coaches get concussion training for Natasha's Law

POSTED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 2:28pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 27, 2012 - 9:49am

BRAZOS VALLEY -- Two-a-days have begun for many high school athletes and under a new law called "Natasha's Law" coaches and their staff must meet state requirements to protect our kids from damaging concussions and they only have a few weeks left to get their training completed.

"I was going to do a layup and I went up and someone held me and I came back down, landed on my head and I don't really remember," said Jay Payton. "I was kind of dizzy and I blacked out for a little bit."

Like many student athletes sophomore, Jay Payton's, story isn't an uncommon tale.

"It just takes one little ding in the head."

But there's a new law in place to protect student athletes from the damage a concussion can cause, it's called Natasha's Law.

"This whole law is based on a girl who played soccer in Houston," said Floyd Daughters, an athletic trainer for Brazos Valley Sports Medicine. "She got a concussion and ended up playing a whole game blind in one eye because the effects were so bad and she didn't tell anybody."

St. Joseph's Hospital held a clinic for coaches in the Brazos Valley so they could become compliant with the law by September 1, which mandates they undergo two hours of concussion training every two years.

"We can't get in their bodies or read their minds and understand what their symptoms are but we can train and learn and see things," Daughters said.

Coaches learned how to diagnose a concussion and they also watched student athletes perform a cognitive and balance test, something they must take and pass before being allowed back onto the field.

Head football coach for the College Station Cougars, Steve Huff, tell us he now feels educated enough to pull a player from the game without hesitation.

"I think now with training we'll be able to look at an athlete and determine whether or not he was just dinged or if it's a lot more serious."

A little bit of training that will go a long ways in protecting athletes from brain damage in the future.

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Actually this Law- Natasha's Law is based on a girl from Allen, Texas who played soccer for Allen High School and the Lake HIghland's Girls Classic League in Dallas Texas. She played soccer for Texas State University where she suffered her final concussion and had to quit and advocated for the Law.

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