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Connecticut Politicians Praise Concussion Bill Moving through the House

Three Connecticut politicians — State Representatives Livvy Floren (R-149), Stephen Walko (R-150), and Fred Camillo (R-151) — have lauded a bill that would provide greater safety to youths in that state by requiring youth athletes suspected of suffering from a concussion to get written clearance from a medical provider before returning to play.

The bill, An Act Concerning Youth Athletics and Concussions (HB 5113), aims to reduce the number of concussions in children by tasking the State Department of Education (SDE) to develop or approve a concussion education plan. The bill also requires sports leagues to provide parents or guardians with information on concussions so they can be aware of the symptoms if their child is suspected of sustaining a concussion. All student athletes and parents will be required to review and complete this plan annually before the student is allowed to participate in any sport activities.

State Rep. Fred Camillo was a driving force in crafting and advocating for the bill.

“I was fortunate and honored to work on this legislation that seeks to balance the pursuit of athletic excellence with safety and health. The bill calls on both parents and coaches to take an active role in concussion prevention and detection through consent form submission and training courses. This bi-partisan effort is one we can all be proud of, and thankful for,” said Rep. Camillo (R-151).

Part of the bill requires the State Department of Education to develop or approve an informed consent form to distribute to parents that will include at least a summary of the concussion education plan and a summary of the local or regional board of education’s concussion policies. To that extent, when student athletes are removed from athletic participation for exhibiting concussion symptoms, the coaches, or other qualified school employees, will be required to notify parents of the incidence within 24 hours of the child being removed. Coaches will not be allowed to permit the student to resume athletic activities until at least 24 hours have elapsed and the child has received written clearance from a doctor to resume sports. Finally, the bill requires school districts to provide annual reporting of concussion related information to the State Department of Education.

“I am totally supportive of measures that protect children. Concussions are a serious injury and I believe this bill provides the safeguards to ensure that our children stay safe,’ said Rep. Floren (R-149).

Rep. Walko adamantly supported the bill out of the education committee. “I was happy to support this bill out of the education committee. There have already been a number of tragedies from concussions that have affected our student athletes and I believe that this bill will prevent those instances and keep our student athletes safe and healthy,” said Rep. Walko (R-150).

The bill passed the house unanimously with a vote tally of 145-0. It has now been passed up to the Senate.

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Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Makes History By Endorsing Heads Up Football

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) announced this week that it has officially endorsed USA Football’s Heads Up Football Program.

The MPSSAA represents 24 school systems comprised of 187 high schools. It becomes the first state high school athletic association to endorse Heads Up. The American College of Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Federation of State High School Associations and more than two dozen other leading organizations have also endorsed the program.

The partnership will be officially announced during a press conference scheduled for next week at the Maryland State Department of Education.

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Professor Looks at the Psychological Aspects Of Sports Concussion on NCAA Site

The NCAA has published an article by a professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Director of Neuropsychological Services and Research at the University of Washington Sports Concussion Program, which looks at the Psychological Aspects Of Sports Concussion

Author David B. Coppel, PhD, focuses on the emotional and psychological aspects of sports-related concussion (SRC), which “can emerge related to a student-athlete’s response to injury and/or their response to recovery.”

“The emotional symptoms that emerge from SRC can prolong recovery and often reflect  predisposing or premorbid factors,” he wrote. “These factors can include prior depression or anxiety disorders, traumatic stress history, prior head injuries or other neurological vulnerabilities, learning issues, hypervigilance or somatic focus, or personality characteristics or disorders (Silverberg & Iverson, 2011).  Psychological factors associated with prolonged or persistent post-concussive symptoms include ineffective and maladaptive coping styles, sleep disturbance often due to mental activation, anxiety and stress/rumination, nocebo effect (adverse effects created or maintained by  negative expectations (Hahn, 1997; Scudellari, 2013)) and other expectation effects, and family or social network/support problems. Since the primary tool in the medical management of SRC involves tracking symptoms over time, one must wonder if focusing on symptoms on a daily or regular basis produces hypervigilance to symptoms and can result in reinforced illness behavior and iatrogenic effects resulting in prolonged post-concussion symptoms.”

References

Hahn, R. (1997)  The Nocebo Phenomenon:  Concept, Evidence and Implications for Public Health.  Preventive Medicine, 26, 607-611.

Silverberg, N. & Iverson,G. (2011) Etiology of the post-concussion syndrome:  Physiogenesis and psychogenesis revisited.  NeuroRehabilitation, 29, 317-329.

To read the complete story, visit: http://www.ncaa.org/health-and-safety/medical-conditions/psychological-aspects-sports-concussion

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