U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Thomas J. Rooney (R-FL), who co-chair the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, announced last week the re-introduction of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act, H.R. 1098. The legislation seeks to advance the treatment and prevention of TBI.
The announcement was made during Brain Injury Awareness day on Capitol Hill, which serves to provide members of Congress with information about TBI.
The day was also marked with an awareness fair and a Congressional briefing to highlight the need for public/private partnerships that can help to advance the treatment for those with TBI.
NFL Senior Vice President, Health and Safety Policy, Jeff Miller took part in the briefing and discussed the importance of public and private partnerships in addressing TBI. Miller shared information about how the NFL is working with the Army, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to raise awareness of, and research protection and treatment options for TBI. Additionally, Miller spoke of the NFL’s recent announcement that it is working with General Electric, among others, to advance research into TBI prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
The CDC estimates that 1.7 million people sustain TBI each year.
More on the consensus statement is available here: http://journals.lww.com/cjsportsmed/Fulltext/2013/03000/Consensus_Statement_on_Concussion_in_Sport_the_4th.1.aspx