HARRISBURG — State Sen. Pat Browne and State Rep. Tim Briggs today held a joint media event with the National Football League at the Capitol to announce the introduction of their proposed Safety in Youth Sports Act. Legislation will be introduced in both the state House and Senate to better manage concussions in youth sports and to increase awareness regarding their seriousness and the devastating, life-long effects they can cause.
Speaking at the news conference were a senior NFL executive, former NFL players, a brain injury awareness advocate and a former girls high school basketball player from Tamaqua who shared her touching personal story.
“We all know that concussions are nothing to shake off, and we need to make sure we do everything we can to protect our student athletes from serious injury,” Briggs said. “I have been working hard on this legislation for more than a year, and it has come a long way from where we started. Thanks to discussions with statewide medical associations, athletic groups and advocates, we have been able to draft a bill that we can all be proud of.”