U.S. Congressional Energy and Commerce Committee: Concussions in Youth Sports: Evaluating Prevention and Research Hearing
On May 13, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing entitled “Concussions in Youth Sports: Evaluating Prevention and Research.”
In December 2015, the Committee announced plans to begin a comprehensive review of the causes, effects and treatments of concussions. On March 14, 2016, the Subcommittee held a roundtable as the first step in the Committee’s effort to begin a constructive dialogue about the risks of concussions and how we can address this public health challenge – not only for athletes and service members, but society as a whole. At the roundtable, Members and participants discussed what is known about concussions, what gaps exist in the scientific and medical community, why these gaps exist, and what is being done to address those gaps.
This hearing is the second public event in the Committee’s ongoing review and will focus on concussions in youth sports, specifically issues related to prevention and research. Estimates suggest that more than 30 million children (ages 5-18) participate in organized sports each year. Given the number and complexity of youth sports organizations, multi-sport athletes, disparities in the quality of coaching, and social and cultural influences, youth athletes face significant risk of being overlooked in the event of an injury.