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Heads Up Coaches: MD Public Schools To Implement Concussion Guidelines

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - The football stadium sits empty at Cambridge-South Dorchester High.

But come August, parents and students alike will again pack the bleachers. Also mingling in the crowd, concern about player safety.

Head football coach Jake Coleman says the school is trying to protect students from themselves, while looking out for their future. If a student-athlete is knocked out of a game, they must undergo several tests, including an impact assessment online the next day, says Coleman.

Last year, two football players were concussed.

"It can be as serious as eliminating a kid for an entire season or a student can be back in two to three weeks," said Coleman. "If they fail that test, then they got to see a physician in order to even have a chance to return to play."

All Maryland public schools could soon be using USA Football's Heads Up tackling program, which provides training in concussion awareness and prevention.

"We want to do everything that we possibly can, of course, money does play a part of it so we can only do so much with what we can afford," said athletic director Dan Dobronz.

Ten counties already agreed to implement it. Dorchester County is considering the change. One concern says Coleman, the liability of a player safety coach.

"It's about who is going to be liable and is that player safety coach going to be liable if something were to go wrong," said Coleman. "If the state is recommending the Heads Up NFL program, then we're going to do it."

Wicomico and Caroline counties are two that are switching over this fall. Officials for Worcester and Somerset Counties tell 47 ABC they are still considering the move. School districts have until July 31st to accept for this season.

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