RST: Does PA's youth sports law go far enough?
Scott LaMar | 08.30.13
What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Thursday, August 29, 2013:
Classes began for most Pennsylvania high schools this week and their football teams wrap up an exciting first few days of school with their season opening games Friday night.
While coaches, players, and fans will be paying close attention to what's happening on the field, most teams will have athletic trainers and medical personnel on the lookout for head injuries, especially concussions.
Concussions sustained while playing sports have only been taken seriously in the past decade or so. In fact, medical science's research into the long-term effects of head injuries is still relatively new. Today, it's a concern on all levels of athletics.
Last summer, Pennsylvania enacted the Safety in Youth Sports Act that is designed to protect against and treat young people who have suffered head injuries.
The Safety in Youth Sports Act is designed to protect against and treat young people who have suffered head injuries.
There are protocols and rules in place to keep injured players from returning to a game if they have concussion-like symptoms.
On Thursday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll feature a discussion of what's being done to protect young people from concussions and if the law goes far enough. Guests include: Mike Miller, Vice President of the Brain Injury Association of PA, Brenda Eagan Brown, School Re-entry Coordinator for the Brain Injury Association of PA. And neuro psychologist Dr. Drew Nagele.
For more information visit the Brain Injury Association of PA's website.
Also, the Penn State football team begins its second season under head coach Bill O'Brien Saturday against Syracuse. We'll talk to Frank Bodani, who covers the Nittany Lions for the York Daily Record, about Penn State a year after NCAA sanctions leveled after the Jerry Sandusky child abuse revelations.
Listen to the program:
Listen to Matt Paul's interview with Lower Dauhphin High School football coach, Rob Klock, and athletic trainer Paul LaDuke about protecting kids from concussions and why they take head injuries seriously.