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September 27, 2012 | NBC Bay Area

Head Games: How to Treat Concussions in Young Athletes

Freitag saw Vinny after that big concussion and gave him a serious warning. “I knew if i got one more bad one I was pretty much done," Vinny says. That’s exactly what happened when he returned to the lacrosse field again this spring. “I got hit from behind and I remember just looking up on the ground after that, not remembering where I was and what had happened," Vinny says.

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September 17, 2012 | San Jose Mercury News

Making football safer for youth

FCalifornia legislators should be taking up New York Sen. Chuck Schumer's demand that youth football helmets be designed to reduce concussion risk rather than just protect against skull fractures, as they now do. And parents should consider keeping their children from playing the game until more information about the risks is available.

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August 17, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi’s Concussion Training Bill

SACRAMENTO, CA –Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) announced today that Governor Jerry Brown has signed her student safety bill, AB 1451. AB 1451 will add training on concussions to the first aid certification required of all California high school coaches.

“I would like to thank the Governor for signing this bill and taking California another step forward in protecting the health of our student athletes,” stated Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi. “Because kids still believe they need to be tough and play through injuries, it’s critical that coaches have the training to recognize concussions and take players out of the game as soon as possible.”

AB 1451 strengthens existing law by adding concussion education to the required first aid training of every high school sports coach. Coaches will learn the basic signs and symptoms of concussions and the appropriate response.

Injuries can happen with any sport. These bills address concerns about players returning to the game too soon after a concussion, which places them at greater risk for life-threatening complications. A 2009 study showed that 41 percent of high school athletes who suffered a concussion return to play too soon.

Without proper diagnosis and injury management, concussions can lead to a wide-range of short and long-term issues, including sleep disorders, memory loss, and depression.


June 28, 2012

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi's Concussion Training Bill Passes Senate

SACRAMENTO, CA –Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) announced that her bill, AB 1451, passed the California State Senate today. AB 1451 will add training on concussions to the first aid certification required of all California high school coaches. The bill, which passed unanimously with bipartisan support, goes back to the Assembly for a final vote.

“The culture of playing through the pain and staying in the game is changing, but kids still believe they need to be tough and play through injuries, so they’re unlikely to tell anyone when they think they have a concussion,” stated Assemblymember Hayashi. “Training coaches to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion will help ensure athletes are removed promptly thereby reducing the risk for further injury.”

Assemblymember Hayashi’s groundbreaking concussion bill, AB 25, was signed by the Governor in 2011 and went into effect this year. The law now requires a school district to immediately remove an athlete from a school-sponsored athletic activity if he or she is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury. Students are prohibited from returning to play until he or she is evaluated by, and receives written clearance from, a licensed health care provider.

AB 25 was modeled after the Zackery Lystedt Law in Washington state, which is considered to be the nation’s toughest return-to-play law.

AB 1451 strengthens this existing law by adding concussion education to the required first aid training of every high school sports coach. Coaches will learn the basic signs and symptoms of concussions and the appropriate response.


May 21, 2012

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Releases Public Service Announcement

SACRAMENTO, CA –Assemblymember Mary Hayashi released the following public service announcement about AB 1451, which will train high school coaches on concussions.


Febraury 12, 2012 | San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times

California's concussion law puts teams on the spot

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January 5, 2012

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Introduces Legislation to Provide Concussion Training for High School Coaches

SACRAMENTO, CA –Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) introduced a bill to increase concussion knowledge and first aid response in high school athletics. AB 1451 will add training on concussions and other potentially catastrophic injuries, including asthma attacks and heatstroke, to the CPR and first aid certification required of all California high school coaches.

“Concussions pose a serious health threat to our young athletes, and it’s critical that coaches receive training that will help them better respond to head injuries in high school sports,” stated Assemblymember Hayashi. “Kids believe that they need to be tough and play through the pain when injuries occur, so they’re unlikely to tell anyone when they think they have a concussion. We need to provide coaches with the training necessary to take appropriate action at the time a student is injured.”

Assemblymember Hayashi’s groundbreaking concussion bill, AB 25, was signed by the Governor in 2011 and went into effect this year. It requires a school district to immediately remove an athlete from a school-sponsored athletic activity if he or she is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury. Students are prohibited from returning to play until he or she is evaluated by, and receives written clearance from, a licensed health care provider.

AB 1451 strengthens existing law, by training coaches to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions and to take the proper steps to deal with these potentially life-threatening injuries.


December 27, 2010 | The Oakland Tribune

The Oakland Tribune: Lawmakers should pass concussion bill

"The Legislature should pass her bill - for the sake of our kids and the for the sake of their brains."

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December 27, 2010 | The Oakland Tribune

The Oakland Tribune: Lawmaker, NFL greats tackle student safety bill

"Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi was joined by a constellation of former NFL stars announcing her bill to prevent sports-related concussions among California's student athletes."

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