Thursday, September 23, 2010

House Panel to Scan Concussion Laws

Posted By on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 10:26 AM

In March of this year, Idaho lawmakers listened to an impassioned plea from Kort Breckenridge. The Tetonia resident suffers from long-term brain damage after suffering a concussion while playing a high school football game in 2005.

After hearing Kort's story, legislators listened to health care professionals, and athletic trainers, all pleading to craft a law requiring coaches to remove players from action if a possible head injury has occurred. Fearing litigation, lawmakers watered down the bill and passed a new rule requiring the State Board of Education to post concussion information on its website.

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Thursday, a U.S. House Education and Labor committee will hear testimony from communities across the nation, like the town of Sequim, Wash., which was profiled in Thursday's New York Times. Washington has the Lystedt Law, named after a young man who like Kort Breckenridge, sustained permanent brain damage during a high school football game.

The issue is expected to be revisited during the 2011 Idaho legislative session.

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