Congress holds hear­ing on stu­dent-ath­lete con­cus­sions

Los Angeles Times - - Sports -

Doc­tors warned U.S. law­mak­ers that stu­den­tath­letes risk al­tered lives and per­ma­nent brain dam­age if schools don’t pro­tect them from the ef­fects of blows to the head.

House Ed­u­ca­tion and La­bor Com­mit­tee Chair­man Ge­orge Miller (D-Martinez) cited es­ti­mates of 300,000 sports-re­lated con­cus­sions a year. The ac­tual num­ber, if recre­ational and play­ground in­juries are in­cluded, is far higher, he said, and many go un­re­ported, partly be­cause ath­letes want to stay on the field and may not know the risks.

Miller has in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion that would re­quire school dis­tricts to de­velop plans for con­cus­sion safety and man­age­ment and in­crease stu­dent and par­ent aware­ness of their dangers. Schools would also have to pro­vide sup­port for stu­dents re­cov­er­ing from con­cus­sions.

Stu­dents sus­pected of sus­tain­ing a con­cus­sion dur­ing a school event would be pro­hib­ited from re­turn­ing to the play­ing field that day and re­quire eval­u­a­tion by a health­care pro­fes­sional.

The NCAA cited Chat­tanooga for ma­jor vi­o­la­tions in its ath­let­ics pro­gram for fail­ing to monitor phone calls and text mes­sages by coaches to re­cruits. Chat­tanooga will be pub­licly rep­ri­manded and cen­sured, and it will be on pro­ba­tion un­til Sept. 22, 2012, for 137 im­per­mis­si­ble texts and 74 phone calls made to 12 re­cruits or their fam­i­lies mostly in foot­ball and men’s bas­ket­ball, but also women’s bas­ket­ball and men’s ten­nis.

Amir Khan will de­fend his WBA 140-pound ti­tle Dec. 11 in the Bri­tish cham­pion’s de­but in Las Ve­gas. Golden Boy Pro­mo­tions an­nounced that Khan will meet Ar­gentina’s Mar­cos Maidana at the Man­dalay Bay Events Cen­ter.

Stan Kas­ten will re­sign as the Washington Na­tion­als’ pres­i­dent at the end of the sea­son. He did not ex­plain why he has de­cided to step down.

The Washington Cap­i­tals and Pitts­burgh Pen­guins will star in an HBO se­ries cen­tered on their show­down in the Win­ter Clas­sic. HBO and the NHL an­nounced that four hour­long episodes of HBO’s “24/7” fran­chise will air be­fore and af­ter the Jan. 1game at Pitts­burgh’s Heinz Field.

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