This week our friends up North in Alaska passed a Bill for protection of their athletes who compete in High School. It was not the most comprehensive law but a good start. We realize that sweeping changes often come slowly. While we would prefer a law like Washington State’s that protects youth athletes who compete outside of a school setting this is a start.
FAIRBANKS — Gov. Sean Parnell signed a bill Friday to protect student-athletes from serious brain injuries resulting from multiple concussions.
House Bill 15, sponsored by Rep. Mike Doogan (D-Anchorage), requires that a student with a suspected concussion be removed from play or practice and not return until cleared by a qualified medical professional.
“This was a difficult sessions in a lot of ways,” Doogan said in a press release, “but we did manage to do some good work, and this bill is part of that. It will help keep kids healthy and safe. Other issues got a lot of attention, but I can’t think of too many things more important that protecting young people.”
The bill was strongly supported by the National Football League, Alaska Brain Injury Network, Alaska Schools Activities Association and others.
Great job to Rep. Mike Doogan and his staff for marshaling the Bill through. Nice to see our Government get something done once and a while.