NEW SPORTS CONCUSSION BILL SIGNED INTO LAW TODAY

120px-Seal_of_New_Jersey_svgLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr., Craig J. Coughlin, Thomas P. Giblin, Mila M. Jasey and Ruben J. Ramos Jr. to create an awareness program on the prevention, risk and treatment of sports-related brain injuries was signed into law Tuesday.

“Head injuries are always traumatic, doubly so when they affect the life of a young athlete,” said Diegnan (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Assembly education panel.  “With the competitive, high impact nature of high school sports continuing to intensify, we owe it to these student athletes to look not just at the effects of these injuries, but to take an active role in their diagnosis and prevention.”

A video on the new law can be found at: http://vimeo.com/10185316.

The law (A-2743) requires the state Department of Education (DOE) to develop an interscholastic athletic head injury safety training program, concerning the prevention, risk and treatment of sports related concussions and other brain injuries among student athletes.  The program needs to be completed by a school physician, a person who coaches an interscholastic sport and an athletic trainer.

“Concussions in sports are a lot more common – and a lot more life-threatening – than students, parents and coaches realize,” said Coughlin (D-Middlesex).  “By creating an awareness campaign with a set policy for treating these injuries, we will undoubtedly help save lives.”

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