WASHINGTON (KFVS) - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has introduced legislation to strengthen procedures schools use to prevent, detect and treat student-athletes who suffer from concussions.
The bill is called the Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act.
"Young athletes are at the greatest risk for sports-related concussions, and we need to make sure we are doing all we can to protect them while they compete. Illinois is a leader on this issue, but not all states have been so forward-thinking," said Durbin "My bill sets, for the first time, minimum state requirements for the prevention and treatment of concussions to ensure students, parents and coaches have the information they need to effectively address head injuries. Having so many major national sports organizations – the NFL, NHL, NBA, US Soccer, USA Football and the NCAA – and numerous nationwide health organizations as partners in this effort will help us continue to raise awareness about the long-term effects of concussions and how dangerous they can be if ignored."
According to Durbin, the National Federation of State High School Associations estimates that about 140,000 students playing high school sports suffer concussions every year though many go unreported.