It seems that the call for actual legislation is heating up around the country and I am EXTREMELY pleased to say that my home state of Colorado is now entering the fold. 9News has the story;
DENVER – Sen. Nancy Spence (R-Centennial) intended to name her plan to protect Colorado’s young athletes after Jake Snakenberg, a freshman football player at Grandview High School, who died in 2004 as a result of a concussion.
The fact Senate Bill 40, the “Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act,” coincidentally shares the same jersey number the 14-year-old wore on the field, gave her the chills.
“I’m proud to name this bill after Jake Snakenberg,” she said of her former constituent. “It’s prophetic the bill shares his number.”
The measure would require coaches in Colorado schools, private sports clubs and recreation centers to take annual training in how to identify concussions in young athletes ages 11 to 19. It also requires them to remove the young athletes from competition immediately if they exhibit concussion-like symptoms and only allow them to play again with written clearance from a medical professional. Coaches and schools could not be sued for concussions incurred while playing sports.
VIDEO via 9News of Denver.