Assembly clears HUNTERDON ASSEMBLYMAN DiMaio bill expanding concussion precautions for high school students

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High school students who suffer a concussion during intramural sports would be protected by the state’s student-athlete head injury safety program under a bill sponsored by Assemblyman John DiMaio that was approved today by the General Assembly.

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“High school-age students require more time to recover from a brain injury, and suffer more severe symptoms and neurological disturbances,” said DiMaio (R—Warren). “It is critical that students are fully recovered before returning to a normal daily regimen.”

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The bill (S2348/A3799) adds intramural sports to New Jersey’s student-athlete head injury safety program, which requires special head injury and concussion diagnosis and treatment training for school physicians, coaches and trainers.

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“Concussion damage becomes worse with repeat injury,” said DiMaio. “Multiple incidents can lead to learning and memory problems, and more serious long-term issues. The goal is preventing repeat concussions in young people who can least afford permanent cognitive damage.”

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The CDC estimates that 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur each year. As many as 30 percent are sports related. Statistics indicate 10 percent of athletes experience a concussion during any given sport season. Football players have a 75 percent chance of concussion, the highest risk for males. Female soccer players have a 50 percent chance of a brain injury.

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