Concussion policy bill advances in TN Senate - WSMV Channel 4

Concussion policy bill advances in TN Senate

Posted: Updated:

Legislation that would require schools and other organizations conducting youth athletic programs in Tennessee to adopt concussion policies is headed to the floor of the Senate.

The measure sponsored by State Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, was approved 8-0 in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday and now goes to the full Senate.

"I've been involved in athletics all my life, and I've seen young people injured and they come out of the ballgame and without any guidelines, they'll go right back in the game and it can harm them forever," Tracy said.

The measure is similar to laws passed in 42 other states and the District of Columbia that include provisions requiring students to be removed from sporting events and evaluated if they show signs of having a concussion.

NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch III, who oversees law and labor policy for the league, testified before the committee. He said the league supports such legislation and hopes all states will eventually adopt similar measures.

"For us, it's a commitment to health and safety not only to our players, but for youth and young athletes in all sports. It's really about a culture change," Birch said.

The policy would apply for all school-organized activities and for all community-based youth athletic activities as well.

While concussions suffered during football have gotten the most attention, lawmakers and others say it's important the same guidelines are followed regardless of the sport.

"I think at root what this does is put uniform policies in place to make sure that the people who have the responsibilities to care for these kids can understand that," Birch said.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WSMV; Nashville, TN. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.