By Sarah Baraba
"We didn't really tell anyone about that," said Spanberger, "because it was not likely to happen again."
That attitude might not cut it this year. A new state law is requiring that any student athlete even suspected of having a concussion get an OK from a doctor before playing again. The law is meant to curb the kind of serious — even fatal — brain injuries that young athletes can get after repeated, jarring blows to the head on the playing field.
"My biggest fear is when the underclassmen go on the road, they may not have trainers on the field," said Joe Iorio, Columbia High School athletic director.
"It's an impact sport, a collision sport. We encourage that," he said. "It's safe when we teach it properly."
Contact reporter Sarah Baraba at 618-344-0264, ext. 105