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BIAA Backing Bipartisan Youth Sports Concussion Act

05-Feb-2016

The Brain Injury Association of America is backing bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.). The Youth Sports Concussion Act would help ensure that safety standards for sports equipment, such as football helmets, are based on the latest science and curb false advertising claims made by manufacturers to increase sales of protective sports gear.

The legislation was introduced days before Super Bowl 50 at a time when concussions are very much part of the public consciousness after the release of Sony Pictures movie “Concussion.” The movie stars Will Smith as Bennett Omalu, M.D., the pathologist credited with discovering the link between repeated concussions in professional football and a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging brain cells and causing chemical changes in the brain. This results in either a temporary alteration in consciousness (feeling dazed, stunned, or confused) or a temporary loss of consciousness.

Most people who sustain concussions recover spontaneously while others – about 15 percent of those who experience a concussion – require medical treatment, including rehabilitation.

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has authored Brain Injury: Dispelling Myths and Misunderstandings about Concussion. The 16-page brochure discusses signs and symptoms of concussion, when to seek medical attention, how to aid and speed recovery, long-term effects, research, and prevention. BIAA also provides information through its concussion information center on the organization’s website at www.biausa.org.


 
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