House Education and Labor Committee Holds Sports and Concussion Hearing

Soccer Team

On May 20, 2010, The House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing to investigate the impact of concussions on student athletes and their academic performance.  BIAA was contacted by the Committee early in the planning stages for general guidance of the issue including expertise regarding appropriate witnesses.

In conjunction with the hearing, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report was released finding that concussions in high school athletes are widely unreported and under-diagnosed suggesting a gross underestimate of the overall national occurrence of concussion in high school sports.

BIAA has and will continue to be a frontrunner on this issue and will sustain efforts with state affiliates to promote state laws regarding return to play guidelines for student athletes.