Cody Hamblin

Kasich signs law sparked by death of local high school football player

Next month Ohio will officially honor those who suffer from a crippling brain disease.

Gov. John Kasich has signed Senate Bill 86, which includes a provision designating Jan. 30 as “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Awareness Day” to spotlight a disease believed to have contributed to death a former Miamisburg athlete.

Cody Hamblin was a quarterback at Miamisburg High School and suffered a series of concussions throughout his football career. He died in May 2016 in a drowning in which family members have said CTE was a factor.

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State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamsiburg, sponsored the provision.

CTE is a brain disease caused by repeated head injuries that may include concussions. It’s more commonly diagnosed in heavy contact sports such as boxing and football.

The controversy around CTE has led to concussion protocols in football and to lawsuits, including those filed by former National Football League players and a local one this year by Hamblin’s father.

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