Lions Team President Tom Lewand and Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders visited the Michigan Legislature earlier today at the State Capitol in Lansing to support pending legislation on youth sports concussions. They were joined by Jeff Miller, NFL senior vice president for government relations and public policy.
Similar legislation has already passed in 35 states.
During today’s session, Lewand and Miller testified before the Senate Health Policy Committee.
Lewand, Sanders and Miller met with several members of the Michigan Legislature throughout the morning. They spent time meeting with Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville in his office along with Senator Jack Brandenburg and Senator Jim Marleau. Marleau is also chairman of the Senate Health Policy Committee.
Another meeting occurred in the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Jase Bolger along with Senator Bill Proos, who is sponsoring the bill on youth sports concussions.
Lewand and Sanders addressed both the Republican and Democratic Senate Caucuses on this issue, and they spent time with Senator Morris W. Hood III and Senator Virgil Smith.
They also met with many representatives, including Rep. Thomas Hooker, during their visit to the Michigan House of Representatives.
NFL Health and Safety
As of April 2012, 35 states (plus the District of Columbia and the city of Chicago) have adopted youth concussion laws. The NFL supports and recognizes the laws as they represent the main principles of the Lystedt Law model legislation including:
- Inform and educate youth athletes, their parents and guardians and require them to sign a concussion information form;
- Removal of a youth athlete who appears to have suffered a concussion from play or practice at the time of the suspected concussion; and
- Requiring a youth athlete to be cleared by a licensed health care professional who is trained in the evaluation and management of concussions before returning to play or practice.
Concussion legislation by state
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