Official Expects Group to Order Brain Injury Class

Dyersville Beckman's Grant Hammann, right, runs the ball for a first down as he fends off Osage's Casey Ringhofer, left, in the first half of the football game Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (MATTHEW PUTNEY / Courier Photo Editor)

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By Ellen Kurt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An official with a state athletic association says its board will vote next month on a requirement that coaches pass a course dealing with recognizing the signs of traumatic brain injuries.

Alan Beste, the assistant executive director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, told legislators Thursday that the group's board will likely adopt a rule next month requiring that each year, coaches must pass a course focused on recognizing the signs of brain injuries, including concussions. Student-athletes with such injuries would be removed from play.

The rule would apply to coaches of seventh to 12th grade teams.

The rule would take effect in time for the upcoming school year.

A House education subcommittee was studying the issue. Legislators opted to not take action if the association approves its rule.

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