Durbin bill seeks to improve youth concussion safety

WAND 17 (Decatur, IL)

October 21, 2021

A bill introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) looks to protect athletes from concussions with “when in doubt, sit out” policies.

The Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act would make elementary and secondary school procedures stronger for identifying and treating student-athletes who suffer concussions. It would have states adopt policies preventing student-athletes suspected of having sustained a concussion from returning to play on the same day. After that, they would only be allowed to return once a qualified health professional has cleared them.

“The ‘walk it off’ mentality can lead to dangerous, long term consequences when it comes to concussions. We must take these injuries seriously, especially when it comes to youth sports,” said Durbin. “Adopting a ‘when in doubt, sit out’ policy will improve safety and protect student health on the field, court, and track.”

States would also be directed to create concussion safety guidelines for public school districts. This would mean educational information being posted on school grounds and school websites about the symptoms and risks of concussions, along with recommended responses for student-athletes, parents, coaches and school officials.

Multiple organizations are endorsing Durbin’s bill, a press release said, including the American College of Sports Medicine; American Academy of Neurology; National Football League (NFL); National Basketball Association (NBA); Major League Baseball (MLB); National Hockey League (NHL); National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy; Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy; American Physical Therapy Association; Easterseals; Illinois High School Association; National Association of School Psychologists; National Association of Secondary School Principals; National Disability Rights Network; National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association; National Parent Teacher Association; Pop Warner Little Scholars; U.S. Soccer Federation; USA Cheer; USA Football; Safe Kids World Wide; and Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

NOCSAE News

View All
  • When Can My Child Start To Play Tackle Football?
    January 25, 2022

    Stack January 20, 2022 The United States has seen a decline in youth and high school football participation in recent years. Many safety concerns have risen, especially when it comes to concussions and head injuries. This concern has led parents, school officials, and other football stakeholders to take a careful look at when it is […]

    Read more
  • Canadian scientists may be on the verge of a reliable test for concussions
    January 25, 2022

    Toronto Star January 21, 2022 It’s been more than a decade since Dr. Charles Tator, the Toronto neurosurgeon, emerged as an authoritative voice of reason in the effort to curtail concussions in sports. And while there’ve been low moments along the way, like the time Tator was swamped with hate mail after he dared call […]

    Read more
  • NFL, Amazon Web Services Create Digital Athlete to Keep Players ‘Left of Boom’ on Injuries
    January 25, 2022

    SportTechie January 21, 2022 The most important football player in the future of the NFL will do anything you ask. This athlete literally runs the same play over and over, millions of times. Requests to wear a new helmet or new cleats are always acceded. Change the venue, the field surface, the weather, even the […]

    Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *