Sharing Connecticut's Concussion Prevention Efforts

November 18, 2016

Recently I spoke about legislative efforts to prevent childhood concussions at the Women in Government Foundation’s Healthcare Summit in Washington, D.C. The panel discussion, “The True Impact of Concussions,” addressed the health risks associated with concussions and prevention efforts.

Many people are not aware of the serious health risks associated with concussions. They think of this as an issue that only professional athletes have to worry about, when in reality untreated childhood concussions can have a lasting impact on cognitive development. The Children’s Committee has taken this issue very seriously, and I’m proud to share the progress Connecticut has made in preventing childhood concussions. There is still more we can do, and I will continue to champion legislation to increase concussion education efforts.

In 2014 the legislature passed a Children’s Committee bill aimed at reducing childhood concussions. The law directed the State Board of Education to develop a concussion education plan and requires that youth athletes and their parents receive information on concussions.

In the 2016 legislative session, the Children’s Committee raised legislation to strengthen childhood concussion prevention efforts, including requiring more frequent concussion training for youth athletic coaches and that organizers of youth athletic activities obtain parents’ signatures on a consent form addressing concussions.