City Requires Concussion Training for Athletes, Coaches Before It Will Lease Fields

The Boston City Council has taken a unique approach of passing an ordinance that requires mandatory concussion safety training of coaches, players, referees, trainers and volunteers if organizations want to lease playing fields and rinks and/or participate in leagues.

Specifically, the ordinance addresses “procedures organizations should follow in the event of a concussive injury” as well as “requires any independent athletic organization seeking a permit to use City-owned facilities to certify that they have provided concussion diagnosis, prevention, and management training to its coaches, athletes, referees, athletic trainers, and volunteers.”

Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy said that “the Department of Public Health has rules that all trainers and coaches be trained in brain injuries. DPH has online training, and there’s also training done by the Sports Legacy Institute. We are leading the charge with Los Angeles and Chicago. And we in the city of Boston, are taking the state law, and where the rubber meets the road at the local level of government—at this level of government we can pull together (and say) to Pop Warner or Little League that if they are using our facilities they must put their people through brain injury training.”

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