So happens that I'm well-aware of the situation with concussion injuries. The WIAA's website includes a densely-packed page covering the topic; concussion injuries have been hot for at least the last two years in athletic circles, and deservedly so.
Concussions are serious business.
But legislating "education" and "rules" on the topic?
I think that's a bit much. Some questions:
Why doesn't WIAA establish its own guidelines and enforce them? There's no reason for the State to "force" WIAA to do what's right in the first place, is there? If WIAA isn't competent--or is reluctant--then WIAA could be restructured. A new set of officers or Board members might send the message.
This will prospectively establish liability claims. There are a lot of events which happen on the basketball, football, hockey, soccer, and rugby fields which may or may not result in concussions. There are between 10 and 35 people running around out there, getting hit. Worse, concussions are largely self-reported--or not--by the players. So if a player doesn't report that they have suffered a concussion, what's a coach to do? Who's responsible for that? (By the way, are players capable of diagnosing their own concussions?)
If there is a law, you can bet your last dollar that some P.I. lawyer will be suing somebody. The school? The coach? Both?
Can Wisconsin "legislate" common sense? Coaches and players should be proactive with regard to injuries (if they know there are injuries.) That's common sense. If there's a coach who lacks common sense, that's a matter for the school (or club) to resolve. If a player lacks common sense, it's a matter for the coach to resolve. Legislation enshrining 'guidelines' cannot fix a lack of common sense.
One suspects that WIAA is looking to the Legislature to provide a safe haven for WIAA and its athletic directors, coaches, and school district constituents. "Give us a law, we'll follow the law, then we can't be blamed."
The Legislature should politely tell WIAA to keep it own house in order.