Legislature Passes Flores’ Bill to Protect Students from Head Injuries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Mar 8, 2012

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Senate Bill 256 Aims to Prevent Youth Sports Concussions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
The Florida Legislature currently unanimously upheld a check that will assistance forestall conduct injuries among tyro athletes in Florida. Sponsored by Senator Anitere Flores, R-Miami, a check upheld unanimously from a Senate and will now be sent to Governor Rick Scott for a event to be sealed into law. Educating girl athletes, coaches and relatives about a warning signs for concussions, Senate Bill 256 aims to strengthen harmed athletes from stealing behind into a diversion too soon.

“I listened privately from endangered voters about a miss of recognition per conduct injuries and a correct precautions,” pronounced Flores. “All too often, athletes get behind in a diversion though entirely deliberation their injuries and a intensity for long-term cognitive deficits. we am really unapproachable of a strides that were done currently to assistance strengthen Florida’s tyro athletes and am grateful for a extended support from both sides of a aisle.”

Traumatic mind injuries start when a actor receives a vital blow to a conduct that causes a mind to impact conflicting a skull, ensuing in soothing hankie damage and dungeon death. Often, there is a second damage as a mind rebounds conflicting a conflicting side of a skull. These injuries can start in a accumulation of sports’ games, tryouts and practices, including football, volleyball, baseball, lacrosse and cheerleading. According to a Center for Injury Research and Policy, of a approximately 140,000 high propagandize athletes who humour concussions any year in a United States, some-more than 40 percent lapse to play before scrupulously recovering. Such conduct injuries can have surpassing effects on children with building brains. In impassioned cases, injuries can even lead to death.

Currently, during slightest 30 other states have adopted legislation identical to Flores’ bill, that is upheld by a National Football League and a National Collegiate Athletic Association. SB 256 will teach parents, tyro athletes and coaches on a risk and marker of mind injuries. It also authorizes a Florida High School Athletic Association and coaches’ associations to emanate manners for stealing tyro athletes when mind injuries occur, and it establishes a routine to lapse players behind to play after their liberation with a authorisation of a doctor.

Seventeen-year-old Miami-Dade County proprietor David Goldstein and his parents, Adam and Cheryl Goldstein, were among a advocates who came to Tallahassee this event to disciple in support of a bill. David suffered a critical conduct damage in 2010 when he collided with another soccer actor during a district finals for his propagandize team. He knew immediately that something was not right, though he stayed in a game. In a days that followed, David exhibited flu-like symptoms followed by weeks though improvement. The Goldstein family went by months of medical consultations before identifying a correct treatment. Today, David is correct to a intensity risks, wears protecting headgear and knows how to brand a warning signs of dire mind injuries. He has also turn an disciple for contestant preparation and concussion contrast during internal open schools in his area.

“David’s instance resonates since this frightful conditions could occur to any actor and any primogenitor of a tyro athlete,” combined Flores. “Without being prepared about a intensity risks, relatives are simply unknowingly of a symptoms their child competence be experiencing. SB 256 will assistance people consider these situations and yield a correct care.”

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