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Policy Corner: ACSM, Members Advocate for Arizona Concussion Law

Concussion in youth athletes hit home for President-Elect Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., MPH, FACSM, who made time to speak to the Arizona Senate in support of SB 1521. In a meeting of the Senate Education Committee on Feb. 7, Ainsworth went on record with ACSM’s strong support for the measure, noting that it embodies the three essential principles of youth concussion laws:
  1. Increased awareness and education for athletes, coaches, parents and others;
  2. Removal from play of a youth athlete who has a suspected concussion; and
  3. Proper evaluation and management by appropriate health professionals provide to ensure the youth athlete does not return to practice or play without qualified medical clearance.
ACSM professional members and member/advocates in Arizona also were asked to contact their Senators in support of SB 1521. The recommendations of knowledgeable professionals carry substantial weight with lawmakers, particularly when the advocating professional is also a constituent. When the matter is before a legislative committee, ACSM members who live or work in the districts represented by committee members can hit an advocacy trifecta.

Together with the NFL, the Brain Injury Association of America and other organizations, ACSM continues to back the passage and implementation of effective concussion laws throughout the U.S. (See story from NPR’s All Things Considered in the news clips in this issue of SMB.) Please see the most recent map to check the status of concussion laws in your state. Your help is needed regardless of how far along your state is in passage or implementation. To learn how you can enhance the health and safety of youth athletes, contact policy@acsm.org. more


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