Congressman DeSaulnier calls for hearing on NFL concussions-related research

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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) on Tuesday called for a hearing to examine research pertaining to concussions suffered by players in the National Football League (NFL).

In a statement, DeSaulnier asked Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform (OGR) to schedule the hearing to examine data published last week in the New York Times.

The Times said the NFL’s own concussion research between 1996 and 2001 was flawed, having omitted more than 100 diagnosed concussions from the studies, or about 10-percent of head injuries during that time period.

Congressman DeSaulnier, a member of OGR, has been active on this issue, having authored Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act (H.R. 2062), which creates nationwide standards on concussion safety.

“Blatant gaps in data collection and analysis undermine the credibility of the NFL’s concussion studies and call into question the League’s commitment to fully understanding the dangers associated with the sport,” DeSaulnier said in the statement. “These reports clearly slowed the march toward safer techniques, better technology, and improved education on football fields across the United States, and provided false comfort to coaches, student athletes, and parents.”

Click here for a full copy of Congressman DeSaulnier’s letter to OGR Chairman Chaffetz.

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