As youth football leagues get ready to kick off another season of America’s favorite sport, many lawmakers are lining up behind the players and their parents to help make the game safer.
As of April 23, 2013, 47 states and Washington, D.C., have passed laws protecting student-athletes from returning to play too soon after suffering the effects of a concussion.
Through education and proper medical treatment, the goal is to better understand and recognize concussion and its symptoms in order to help athletes return safely to competition.
A good football team plans ahead – practicing and drilling until the movements become second nature.
The same should hold true for how youth football leagues deal with emergency situations. Preparation is key, and following an organized game plan is essential.
Nobody wants to face difficult situations that put people at risk, but a well thought out emergency action plan can focus the choices, simplify the process and put individuals in the best position to make the right decisions.
As more is learned about concussion and its effects, high schools and youth leagues across the United States are adopting return-to-play policies to safely get athletes back on the playing field.
But what about the classroom?
Student-athletes who suffer a concussion need care – and patience – from the academic world as well, said Dr. Gerry Gioia, the chief of pediatric neuropsychology at the Children’s National Medical Center and director of its Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery and Education Program.