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Senators Push For More Equipment Oversight To Combat Youth Sports Concussions

Friday, February 12, 2016  
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As Super Bowl week draws more attention to brain injuries in professional sports, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday meant to help reduce the dangers of concussions in youth sports by bringing accountability and oversight to sports equipment manufacturers that claim their products prevent the injuries.  The Youth Sports Concussion Act, sponsored by Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), would help establish safety standards for protective sports equipment, which currently receives little oversight from government agencies.  The legislation would tackle what some have referred to as the “concussion industrial complex,” in which sports equipment companies, aware of rising concerns about brain injuries in sports, have flooded the market with products like new helmets, mouth guards, sensors and other protective equipment that claim to reduce the risk of concussions despite little research to prove their effectiveness.  Click here to read more.....

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