Dear [Decision Maker],
Over the past eight years, reported traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in youth athletes rose by nearly 100,000 - an increase of 60 percent - according to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Young athletes are more susceptible to the effects of a concussion because their brains are still developing, making appropriate management essential for reducing the risk of long-term complications.
Senate Bill 243 is a comprehensive measure to curb concussion injuries sustained by children by requiring youths suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury during an athletic activity be removed from the activity immediately and evaluated by a health care provider. The bill also directs the Department of Public Instruction, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, to develop guidelines and resources to education coaches, athletes and their parents or guardians about the risk of concussion and head injury.
Thank you for you consideration.
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