Those working on helmets, certification and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) are following states attempts to introduce legislation about concussion education. Recent legislation related to “Concussion Awareness and Education Act of 2014,” was introduced by Rep. Beatty (D-OH) on Jan 28 and would “provide for systemic research, surveillance, treatment, prevention, awareness, development of rules of play, standards, and dissemination of information with respect to sports-related and other concussions. The bill was referred to the House Committee of Energy and Commerce. The bill includes the following notable provisions:
· The bill references the National Academies report issued in 2013 on “Sports-Related Concussions in Youth: Improving the Science, Changing the Culture” for figures on concussions and head injuries and for recommendations and needs in this area. The bill calls for a HHS to establish a national system to determine incidence rates of sports-related concussions and also outlines the research that HHS should conduct or support related to the issue.
· The bill requires that Dept of Defense (DOD begin scientific evaluation and training at military academies to reduce concussions for sports and physical training.
· The bill also suggests that “the National Collegiate Athletic Association, in conjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations, national governing bodies for youth sports, and youth sports organizations, should undertake a rigorous scientific evaluation of the effectiveness of age-appropriate techniques, rules, and playing and practice standards in reducing sports-related concussions and sequelae.
· The National Institutes of Health and the DOD are then to develop standards, best practices, and guidelines for the rules of play and training, respectively, for sports, athletic, and military training and engagement that
(1) are designed to prevent or reduce the incidence of concussions; and
(2) include—(A) standards for effective protective equipment; and (B) recommendations on impact-monitoring systems. The development of these “rules of play” are to begin no later than one year after the law is enacted.
· The bill requires the establishment of the Concussions Research Commission, which will be composed of nine members. (5 appointed by the President, one appointed by Speaker of House, one appointed by minority leader of House, one appointed by majority leader of Senate and one appointed by minority leader of Senate) The Commission is to study the programs and activities conducted under the law and formulate recommendations to further the purpose of the law. The Commission is also to review the National Academies report and recommend corrections or updates to the report.
EMSA will follow the legislation that relates to helmets, concussion and the science.