Legislation Could Help Protect Young Athletes From Concussions
We’re starting to see it more and more in sports. Popular athletes missing action because of head injuries. But now, a couple of leagues are trying to cut down on concussions. The NFL and the NCAA are urging 19 governors, including Maine’s Paul Lepage, to support legislation this year aimed at cutting down on head injuries in youth sports. Letters to those states were sent out today. Right now there are guidelines for college athletes who have suffered head injuries. One player whose had her share of concussion battles is UMaine’s Sam Wheeler. She sustained a concussion early last season and played in only five games. This season she played in seven games before having more symptoms.Colby College has started the Maine Concussion Management Initiative. They say that 10% of athletes sustain concussions. 31 states already have created concussion guidelines for athletes on youth sports teams.UMaine’s head trainer Paul Culina has done much research on the subject.