Athletic Trainers In High Schools

The shocking death of a star football player in Eastern Carolina created a call for one school system to hire athletic trainers for all high schools.

J.H Rose High School football player Jaquan Waller of Greenville died from Second Impact Syndrome in September 2008. Authorities say Waller suffered a head injury in practice and another during a Friday night football game.

Two state lawmakers introduced a bill in the State Senate, Wednesday, to require and fund athletic trainers for every public high school in the state. The bill says it is the "expectation of parents that there be quality and immediate care for a student athlete in case of a medical emergency."

After Waller's tragic death, Pitt County Schools officials said they endeavored to hire trainers for the six high schools, though big budget cuts have put that goal in jeopardy.

If the measure in the State Senate became law, the state would have to fund salaries for trainers.

State Senator Don Davis is a co-sponsor of the bill. Davis represents Pitt, Greene and Wayne Counties.

You can read the text of the bill by clicking here.


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