The NFL is urging every state to pass legislation that would help cut down on concussions suffered by young players. In Pitt County there are already guidelines that deal with concussions in high school athletics.
Athletic director Ron Butler of Pitt County schools says new guidelines have been in place since 2008. That's when tragedy struck JH Rose High School when football player Jaquan Waller died from second impact syndrome, suffering consecutive concussions and later died.
Since Waller's death the new guidelines require high school athletes in Pitt County to be checked out by a physician if they have concussion symptoms and to have written notice before they can play again. There are also licensed trainers from ECU at every varsity home football game.
The concussion guidelines aren't just for football--but for all athletics.