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Concussion training for youth sports on tap for hearing today

Have a strong feeling about concussion safety training and youth sports? Then County Executive Mark Poloncarz wants to hear from you.

Poloncarz will hold a public hearing at 2 p.m. Tuesday regarding a local law the Erie County Legislature passed last month that makes concussion safety courses mandatory for coaches of youth sports.

The hearing will take place in the Rath Building, 95 Franklin Street, Room 1400. Written comments will also be accepted at until Monday.

The concussion training law would fine youth sports organizations $100 to $200 if they cannot produce records showing that all of their coaches and supervisors have taken concussion safety courses either in person, through their sports organizations, or online. The requirement would primarily affect smaller, independent youth organizations that engage in any contact sports. Coaches could take a free concussion safety program offered by the County Health Department or online through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HEADS UP to Youth Sports. The state already mandates that public school coaches receive such training.

Local sports organizations that already offer in-house concussion safety training that is equivalent or better than what the Health Department of CDC offers would be exempt from the law.