|April 25, 2013
“Dylan Steigers Protection of Youth Athletes Act” bipartisan concussion bill signed into Law
The governor, bill sponsors, family of Dylan Steigers, parents, coaches, and community members join together to sign a bill to protect student athletes from repeat concussions. At the table, from left to right: Sen. Anders Blewett (D-Great Falls), Governor Steve Bullock, and Sen. Fred Thomas (R-Stevensville). (courtesy photo)
HELENA — Sen. Anders Blewett’s (D-Great Falls) bill to protect student athletes from brain injuries passed was signed by the governor today.
“As the father of three very active kids, I appreciate just how important it is to make sure our young athletes and their parents understand the signs and potential consequences of concussion,” Governor Bullock said.
The bill received a broad spectrum of support that included concerned parents, health care professionals, the Montana High School Association, the Montana School Board Association, the Montana Medical Association, and the Montana Brain Injury Alliance.
“We owe it to our young athletes to do everything in our power to prevent repeat brain injuries,” said Blewett, “This bill will go a long way toward making that happen.”
This bill culminates a two-year effort by the Brain Injury Alliance of Montana and the Governor’s task force on traumatic brain injuries to protect student athletes from brain injury caused by repeat concussions. Montana was one of six states without a concussion policy for young athletes.