MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT) — The CDC calls concussions in youth league sports a major public health concern. A new law set to take affect in Alabama will require training for volunteer coaches to help prevent and respond to injuries.
“You really don’t know how serious a particular injury is,” said Rick McBride.
Rick McBride has been coaching little league baseball for nine years, he recalls one the most serious injuries he’s encountered.
“He collided with the ball carrier, and took a little while to get up off the ground and said his arm had gone numb.”
McBride says he did not really know how to respond, other than seek medical help.
“Turns out he dislocated his shoulder, and to such a degree he had to have surgery.”
Now, the Alabama State Board of Health is requiring volunteer coaches for sports teams for children ages 14 and younger to complete a course.
“Church leagues that would actually apply to you, travel ball, YMCA, parks and rec,” said Jamey Durham.
Jamey Durham with the Alabama Department of health says the training will cover these area:
- Emergency preparedness
- Concussions and head trauma.
- Heat weather-related injures
- Physical conditioning and training equipment usage.
- Heart defects
Durham says right now, there’s no real penalty for not doing this training.
“As a parent it just reinforces that our coach has some minim training.”
The law will take affect November 4th.