Assemblyman Johnson sponsor of legislation to Help Prevent & Minimize Concussions in Young Athletes encouraged by introduction of legislation at the federal level.
Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, prime sponsor of legislation at the state level that would require youth sports team organizations and cheerleading programs to implement a written policy concerning the prevention and treatment of sports-related concussions and other head injuries among youth athletes or cheerleaders, joined Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Bill Pascrell in announcing the introduction of similar legislation at the federal level.
“Most concussions don’t result in a loss of consciousness, so many young athletes might not even realize they’ve suffered one. Having written policies readily accessible will help coaches and staff recognize the signs more quickly to ensure student-athletes get the treatment they need,” stated Assemblyman Johnson. (A-1672) requires the policies to be consistent with the provisions of the model policy established by the Commissioner of Education. They include, but are not limited to: pre-season baseline testing for all youth athlete participants, training on early identification and treatment of head injuries for coaches and athletic directors; and immediate removal of participants who are suspected of having sustained a head injury from practice or competition until evaluated and cleared by a physician.
“ I thank Senator Menendez and Congressman Pascrell for taking this fight to the federal level”, said Johnson, “I will continue my effort to make A-1672 the law in the State of New Jersey.