Youth sports coaches would be required to receive CPR training under a measure proposed Friday by a Democratic state lawmaker from the Capital Region.
The bill being introduced by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara comes after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during a game earlier this month.
Hamlin was administered CPR on the field by a team trainer, whose quick actions have been credited with saving Hamlin's life.
High school coaches in New York are already required under the education law to have CPR training. Santabarbara's bill would expand that requirement to include all youth sports coaches.
“Watching the Buffalo Bills game, we all realized the importance of immediate first aid in these emergency situations,” he said. “That’s why I’m introducing legislation to make sure that all coaches of youth sports in New York State have basic CPR training and are able to administer first aid in these moments where every second counts.”
Hamlin's injury has ignited a broader debate over football as well.
Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, a Democratic lawmaker from the Bronx, is once again pushing for a bill meant to ban tackle football for kids 12 and under. Benedetto's bill has been proposed in the past, and his measure was reintroduced this year prior to Hamlin's injury.