An Indiana lawmaker says that he will sponsor a bill next session requiring all youth football coaches using public fields to undergo training to help prevent their players from suffering head injuries and to learn how to spot the signs of concussions. State Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, said his measure would require coaches using taxpayer-funded facilities to be certified through the "Heads Up Football" online program created by USA Football, the nation's governing body for the sport. If passed, Indiana would become the first state to require that youth coaches be certified through USA Football's online training program. "Heads Up Football" focuses on proper tackling techniques — including keeping one's head up. It also teaches coaches to recognize the signs of a concussion, how to respond to concussions, how to properly fit players in helmets and other equipment and how to handle the threat of heat stroke. The USA Football program has been adopted by nearly 2,800 U.S. youth football leagues this year.
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