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INDIANAPOLIS — A new law aimed at keeping athletes safe in hot weather is set to take effect July 1.

The measure, authored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), says all interscholastic and intramural coaches in Indiana must complete and pass a course on heat preparedness. Coaches will be required to repeat the course every two years.

A heat safety course is already offered by the Indiana high School Athletics Association and many coaches have already completed the training. The new law makes that course a requirement.

Rep. Bacon says young athletes can do their part by staying hydrated and making sure they recognize the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

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