It was Colorado’s turn to pass a law recently protecting our kids and they did just that. In fact they have one of the more progressive and wide sweeping laws in the country and it covers middle school through High School athletes participating in school and club sports and athletics.
Here is a synopsis of the most recent update on the “Jake Snakenberg Concussion Law”. This is a really great Law and will help steer more and more coaches and kids along the path of prevention rather then the path of injury and harm. Way to go Colorado!
Concussions: State senate bill tries to help youth athletes, coaches
May 01, 2011 11:20 AM
Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/concussions-117295-bill-help.html#ixzz1LKcZOKFN
Sen. Nancy Spence of Centennial understands the tangible impact of Senate Bill 40. Having annual concussion recognition education for youth coaches will help them recognize symptoms, and requiring athletes to get medical clearance before returning to action should help reduce the number of concussions.
The secondary benefit to the bill, which was signed into law March 29, is simply awareness. Spence knows the statistics, how 1,500-2,500 youth athletes in Colorado go to the emergency room for concussions every year, and how there are more concussions in girls’ soccer than any other sport. She hopes the bill, and the mandatory education that goes with it, makes others aware of the dangers.
“I just think along with the NFL, which is doing a great deal of research, the entire country is becoming more aware of the issue,” Spence said.
Spence became more aware and interested in the topic when 14-year-old Jake Snakenberg, a football player at Grandview High in Aurora and a Spence constituent, died from a concussion. The bill is named after Snakenberg.