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Senators Rockefeller and Udall ask CDC to Implement Concussion Tracking System


On May 7, 2014, Senators John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) asking CDC Director Tom Frieden to “develop a plan to implement a national injury surveillance system to accurately determine the incidence of concussions, including sports-related concussions in youth.”

A recent National Academies of Science (NAS) report on youth sports concussion recommended that CDC take this action to track concussions in youth sports. The Senators’ letter makes it clear, however, that the recommendation is compatible with developing an injury surveillance system for all concussions, not just those that occur in youth sports.

In March, Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Tom Rooney (R-Penn.) introduced the National Traumatic Brain Injury Research and Treatment Improvement Act of 2014. That legislation that would direct the CDC to establish a national system to track the occurrence of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and collect data to assist research, prevention, and treatment development efforts.

The text of the letter can be downloaded by clicking here.

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