The issue of concussions and brain injuries has continued to receive more attention in recent years and now the NFL is looking for states to take action. And it’s not just New Jersey they are asking:
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to 44 governors urging them to pass a law similar to one in Washington state that protects young athletes from concussions.
The CDC says there are over 3.8 million sports related concussions each year. There are 3 main elements of the Washington law that the NFL wants states to adopt:
• Athletes, parents and coaches must be educated about the dangers of concussions each year.
• If a young athlete is suspected of having a concussion, he/she must be removed from a game or practice and not be permitted to return to play.
• A licensed health care professional must clear the young athlete to return to play in the subsequent days or weeks.
It doesn’t seem like they are asking for that much. Concussions are a scary proposition with the potential for extreme long term consequences if not handled properly. Rep. John Conyers will hold a forum in NY today on concussions where this request of states by the NFL will be discussed.