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Governor Haley Stops In Upstate To Sign New Concussion Law

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley stopped at Dorman High School Thursday to sign a new law to better protect student athletes. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley stopped at Dorman High School Thursday to sign a new law to better protect student athletes.
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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley stopped at Dorman High School Thursday to sign a new law to better protect student athletes.

The new law requires on-site examinations by team coaches or athletic trainers. It also mandates students, showing signs of concussions, must head to the sidelines immediately. They'll also need a doctor's note before they can play again.

Governor Haley signed the bill at 10 a.m.  She was joined by representatives from the South Carolina Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children, Brain Injury Association of South Carolina, South Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association, Clemson University, University of South Carolina, Carolina Panthers, and athletic directors, principals, coaches and student athletes from around the state.

“As a governor I fully support this legislation, but as a mother with a son who plays basketball and a daughter who is a cheerleader, this bill is personally important to me,” Haley said.  “It tells me as a mother what to watch out for and more importantly, I know that if there is an injury, the school and coaches are going to know what to do – that the school district has a plan in place. This is about quality of life for our kids and I am proud to be part of it.”

Dorman High School is ahead of the curve in many areas when it comes to concussion treatment and prevention.

"If we're going to continue to play football everybody that coaches and plays this game got to take concussions seriously," coach Dave Gutshall said.

Dorman has three trainers on staff and does impact testing for all student athletes. They get a baseline reaction time, memory and speed for players.

If a student gets a concussion, the school then can do another test to compare to the baseline results.

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