HB 116 – Student Safety in Athletics
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Harry Warren (R – Rowan), Rep. Greg Murphy (R – Pitt), Rep. Donny Lambeth (R – Forsyth), Rep. David Rogers (R – Burke)
If passed, this bill would require the State Board of Education and the local Boards of Education to educate all students and parents on sudden cardiac arrest, heat exhaustion and concussions.  Additionally, it would require all athletic coaches to be CPR-certified. The bill also requires schools to maintain accurate records of head injuries. The State Board of Education would create a database to be maintained by the Department of Public Instruction to keep track of student athlete injuries and illnesses.
A number of physician groups have voiced support for the overall intent of this bill.  One note of concern has been raised about proposed language allowing parents of student athletes to approve their child to return to play after an injury without a medical clearance.  This is being addressed with the sponsors of the legislation.