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Jan 28, 2014 1:57 AM by Maddie Garrett

NFL Supports New Legislation Aimed at Young Athlete Concussion Care

The NFL is throwing its support behind mew legislation being proposed, aimed at helping student athletes concerning concussions. Two lawmakers from New Jersey are proposing the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act (ConTACT), which would involved a five year grant program to fund additional medical staff and training at schools and youth sports programs.

The proposal would also set national guidelines for diagnosing and treating concussions in young athletes. Doctors and lawmakers said the most important issue is keeping students from getting multiple concussions, and giving them enough time to heal from head injuries.

"We've seen plenty of evidence that there is long term effect of brain degeneration with repetitive concussion," said Dr. Brad Gulla, a concussion management specialist in Colorado Springs, who supports the legislation.

Studies show that as many as 41% of high school athletes return to the field before their brain has an opportunity to heal from a previous concussion. Lawmakers say that's a key issue they hope to fix with this new legislation.

The first year of the grant program would give $5 million to states, and then additional money as needed over the following four years.

 

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