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Policy Corner: ACSM, NFL Team Up on Youth Concussion Resource Center

Experts and advocates gathered in Seattle to focus on concussion in youth sports.
ACSM and the NFL have teamed up to launch the ACSM Resource Center on Concussion in Youth Sports. On Oct. 9, ACSM Executive Vice President Jim Whitehead and Stanley Herring, M.D., FACSM, participated in an NFL conference on the subject. Whitehead announced establishment of the resource center to help advocates pass and implement effective concussion laws in each state.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire and U.S. Army General Peter Chiarelli also spoke at the Oct. 9 conference, which was held in Seattle. The conference was videotaped by NFL Films and will be made into a webinar to help educate young athletes and their coaches, parents, athletic trainers and others about youth sports concussion. The webinar will available soon on the NFL, CDC and ACSM websites.

Once launched, the ACSM Resource Center on Concussion in Youth Sports will:
  • Provide technical support to people and organizations in all 50 states who are looking to pass legislation related to youth sports concussion issues;
  • Make available experts in medicine, science and policy as needed, and
  • Connect with other people and resource in the states.
Last month, ACSM and the NFL co-sponsored a legislative briefing on youth sports concussion. Speakers included medical experts, a youth athlete and three members of Congress. more

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