Pascrell, Bacon, Hassan, Capito Introduce Resolution Recognizing September 18 as National Concussion Awareness Day
U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-09) and Don Bacon (R-NE-02) introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives recognizing September 18, 2020 as National Concussion Awareness Day. The resolution was also introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). Last year, the lawmakers introduced a similar measure recognizing September 20, 2019 as National Concussion Awareness Day.
"From the battlefield to local athletic fields, concussions and traumatic brain injuries are an epidemic across our nation. And while public awareness of their reach has grown, even today too many Americans remain in the dark about the impact of concussions on millions of our neighbors," said Rep. Pascrell, the co-chairman and co-founder of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. "Brain injuries are devastating for countless Americans, their families, and their loved ones. The costs are enormous. This bipartisan effort demonstrates the commitment of both parties and both chambers of the Congress to focus greater attention and resources on the impacts of concussion and brain injury."
“Brian injuries should never be minimized, but too many people, including elected leaders, are not familiar with the terrible realities of TBI,” said Rep. Bacon. “Veterans and those impacted by TBI are important advocates for brain injury treatment at the federal level and deserve our unqualified support and respect. I am grateful to partner with my fellow Co-Chairs of the TBI Taskforce to introduce a resolution that will recognize September 18th 2020 as Concussion Awareness Day.”
“Countless Granite Staters and Americans suffer a concussion every year, but unfortunately the dangers of these serious injuries are often overlooked, which can lead to long-term health problems,” Senator Hassan said. “I am glad to once again introduce this bipartisan resolution establishing National Concussion Awareness Day, which will help bring much needed attention to this important issue. I also want to thank Brooke Mills, a concussion awareness advocate from Concord, for her efforts to raise awareness and educate her peers about the severity and lasting impacts of concussions.”
“Far too many individuals in West Virginia and across the nation are being treated, hospitalized, and in some cases, experiencing long-term disabilities as a result of concussions,” Senator Capito said. “Increasing awareness of concussion prevention, as well as proper diagnosis and management of concussions, are essential for athletes, coaches, parents, and others. I’m proud to join my colleagues to introduce this resolution and hope this designation will help amplify this message.”
The bipartisan resolution that the lawmakers introduced this year recognizes September 18, 2020 as National Concussion Awareness Day and commends organizations that raise awareness about concussions and encourages further research and prevention efforts.
Read the text of the resolution here.