Sports and Concussion, March 21st, 2011
On March 16, 2011, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. and Todd Russell Platts, as well as U.S. Senator Tom Udall introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. BIAA endorsed the legislation and provided technical assistance during the writing of the bill.
The Children's Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act would ensure that new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet safety standards that address concussion risk and the needs of youth athletes. The bill also increases potential penalties for using false injury prevention claims to sell helmets and other sports equipment.