NFL in support of bill to educate parents and athletes
about the risk of concussions
In a letter addressed to both legislators, the NFL commends them for their “efforts to expand on Connecticut’s current youth concussion policy. Education and increased awareness are critical to appropriately recognizing and responding to concussions. The provisions included in the amended bill language will increase the awareness of these injuries and will better protect young athletes by ensuring that parents and athletes are adequately educated.”
“Given what we have found out about the life changes that can be brought about by a concussion when it is not properly treated, it is really gratifying that the NFL is endorsing Connecticut’s bill,” said Representative Urban. “The NFL is very influential and their endorsement highlights the importance of making athletes and parents partners with coaches in helping to prevent what can be a life-changing injury.”
The bill, which currently awaits consideration before the House of Representatives, will ensure that parents and athletes are educated on the risks posed by concussions. Currently, Connecticut has one of the best concussion prevention training programs in the country for coaches, but is lacking in education for the athletes at risk and their parents. Research has repeatedly shown that repeat concussion risks decline significantly when athletes and their parents receive adequate training.
The NFL strongly supports programs that encourage young athletes to practice in a way that does not put them at undue risk for injury. The NFL itself has adopted “strict guidelines to appropriately and conservatively manage concussions in NFL players. The importance of these safety measures is not limited to professional sports. We believe that these guidelines are also necessary in youth sports.”