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Policy Corner: ACSM to Present Congressional Briefing on Concussion, Youth Sports Issues

As America’s youth return to school and begin athletic practice, tournament play, intramurals and youth league sports, we must focus on policies and practices that will help children safely enjoy sports and other activities. Following the May launch of the Preparticipation Physical Examination (PPE) Campaign and Coalition for Youth Sports Health and Safety, ACSM will host a Congressional Briefing on Youth Sports and Concussion in Washington, D.C. Sept. 23.

A panel of noted experts will address the spectrum of issues relating to the health and safety of youth athletes, with particular emphasis on policies to prevent and appropriately manage concussion. ACSM is working with the Congressional Youth Sports Caucus on a variety of issues. Future briefings will focus on other topics such as overscheduling and overuse injuries, fluid/heat/hydration, and the culture of youth sports.

Speakers for the Sept. 23 briefing include:

  • Congressman Mike McIntyre (NC-7) – Co-Chair, Youth Sports Caucus
  • Congressman Jim Jordan (OH-4) – Co-Chair, Youth Sports Caucus
  • Michael Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM – Director, National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance, Sanford Medical Center (Sioux Falls, SD)
  • Gerard A. Gioia, Ph.D. – Chief, Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology, Children's National Medical Center (Rockville, MD)
  • Kevin Guskiewicz, Ph.D., FACSM – Chair, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Stanley Herring, M.D., FACSM – University of Washington Medical Center; Team Physician, Seattle Seahawks
  • Stephen Rice, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM – Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Chair, Health & Science Policy Committee, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Yvette Rooks, M.D., FAAFP – Head Team Physician, University of Maryland at College Park
Briefing topics include:
  • Overall topic/umbrella of Youth Sports/PPE
  • Personal testimony from Sarah Rainer, a young athlete to recount her journey of recovery after suffering from a concussion on the field of play
  • Understanding the symptoms of concussion and that “on the field” decision making can make the difference
  • Advances in science, trends, and the road to physical recovery
  • State and federal advocacy: Policy solutions which lay out specific ways to decrease the number and severity of concussions related to youth sports.
  • Overview of the success and continuous effort to introduce the Zackery Lystedt concussion laws in all 50 states.
For more information, please contact Sean Keefer, director of global health and science policy, at (317) 352-3843 or


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