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Brains Worldwide Calls for Passage of Canada’s First Concussion Legislation

The Brains Worldwide Foundation NFP has called for Canada’s Ontario provincial legislature to pass proposed legislation that would introduce concussion protocols and awareness initiatives of concussions in youth sports and other activities.

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario recently debated Rowan’s Law, which is named after a 17-year-old Ottawa girl, Rowan Stringer, who died in 2013 several days after being knocked unconscious during a rugby game. It was later discovered that she had suffered three concussions within a week.

“Brains Worldwide urges the passage of Rowan’s Law because it would introduce measures that could save lives,” said Oz Schaefer, founder of the Brains Worldwide Foundation. “We believe the safety of children rests firmly on effective communication, ongoing monitoring and active partnership between parents, coaches and pediatricians, and Rowan’s Law is a significant step toward making this possible in Ottawa and throughout Canada.”

All 50 of the United States have laws dictating the management of youth concussions. If Rowan’s Law passes, Ontario would be the first Canadian province with similar legislation.

Schaefer said concussion protocols could also help identify previously undetected concussions. Researchers estimate that as many as 90 percent of youth concussions are missed or never diagnosed. “Far too often their symptoms are mistaken for other conditions such as attention deficit disorder or depression,” he said.

The foundation has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help advance research and awareness associated with misdiagnosed and undetected concussions in youth sports and other activities. Funds will be used in part to provide 150 families—with children 8-18 years old—an objective assessment system of concussions for home use. The Objective Brain Concussion Assessment and Monitoring System (OBCAMS) gives families and non-medical personnel a portable, affordable assessment tool to monitor their children’s brain health across the five most critical areas of the brain. They can then share ongoing, objective reports with their children’s doctor to help make more informed decisions about whether or not to let their children return to the playing field—or playground—following a documented concussion. More information is available at TheHiddenDanger.com.

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Flood of Legal Decisions in K-!2 Tracked in June Concussion Litigation Reporter

Concussion Litigation Reporter — June 2015

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Connecticut Quarterback, State Representative Team Up to Push Concussion Litigation

House Rep. Diana Urban held a press conference recently with former starting quarterback for the UConn football team, Casey Cochran, to advocate their support of HB 6722. The bill aims to reduce the number of concussions in youth sports in Connecticut by requiring coaches to make information regarding concussions available to every child participant and his or her parent or guardian.

Just last year, Cochran announced that he was retiring from college football due to multiple concussions he sustained throughout his athletic career.

“We are so grateful to have Casey Cochran supporting the movement to reduce concussions in youth athletics. Casey is the perfect spokesperson because he embodies the message that one can be concerned about the dangers of concussions and still maintain a deep love for the game of football. I am so happy to have him in Hartford supporting HB 6722 and I hope my colleagues will join him in supporting this important child safety legislation,” said Rep. Urban.

“I believe that this type of legislation is completely necessary for the safety and wellbeing of all youth athletes. Sports are extremely beneficial for children, but it needs to be understood that injury coincides with being an athlete. Concussions are and should be considered the most dangerous type of injury a young athlete may encounter. Parents, coaches and the young athletes themselves should be fully aware of the possible danger that may result from concussions. This type of law is not made to scare anyone away from sports, but is instead best suited to help keep our youth safe,” Casey Cochran said.

Rep. Urban spoke to WTNH the morning of the press conference about why this legislation is so important and why Casey’s story must be told. Watch the video.

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