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Policy Corner: Concussion Advocacy on Capitol Hill

Members of Congress turned to ACSM Sept. 23 for guidance on concussion policy. A full day on the Hill included a committee hearing (Education & Labor, chaired by Rep. George Miller), a briefing co-sponsored by ACSM and the NFL, and individual meetings with legislators and staff. Sandwiched in between were interviews with CBS News, Dan Rather Reports, and other media. Three Members of Congress spoke at the briefing, reflecting the timeliness and gravity of the subject.

The purpose was to help shape federal laws on concussion in student athletes, part of ACSM’s initiative to enhance the health and safety of youth athletes. Testimony and recommendations were founded on the latest research, informed by clinical experience, and personified by the recollections of a teen who struggled after being concussed and returned to play too soon. more

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