Rayne High Footballl coach suspended for not following concussion protocol

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In this day and age where player safety takes center stage, one football coach finds himself in the penalty box for not adhering to the rules.

On Friday,  I was in Rayne gathering the latest on the ongoing investigation of Rayne High Head Football coach.

While the Rayne Wolves’ football season ended a week ago, Head Coach Curt Ware finds himself suspended for allegedly not following player safety guidelines.

Sources close to the Acadia Parish School System say Rayne High School Head Football Coach, Curt Ware has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation.

Coach Ware allegedly did not follow concussion protocol.

I called Coach Ware and didn’t get an answer.

I inquired about the suspension details with the school board and received this response:

Superintendent Scott Richard said:  “State law prohibits us from commenting at this time on the matter you inquired about today.”

We spoke to a local athletic trainer, John Roy, about the proper way to handle players with concussion symptoms.

“Initially we do what we call baseline concussion testing. It’s a neuro-cognitive program meaning it’s measuring how the brain is functioning at the time, how they’re thinking, their reaction time, memory. If they do have a concussion, we start the protocol which is when we monitor their symptoms and after 48 hours, we do a post-test to see where they are at according to their baseline scores. It gives us a good indicator on how serious the concussion is. At that point we get them to the physician and if symptoms come back then we have to back off on our protocol. We may start back to level one of rest.”

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