NFL holds brain injury research conference; Eagles & Steelers support youth concussion legislation in Pennsylvania

Medical staffs from all NFL clubs and the Department of Defense will today attend a conference in Washington, D.C. to discuss diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries, according Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

The conference will be led by the new co-chairmen of the NFL’s head, neck and spine medical committee Dr. Richard Ellenbogen and Dr. Hunt Batjer, neurologists at the University of Washington and Northwestern University, respectively.

“We want to see the scientific evidence to answer the questions the players want to know,” Ellenbogen said. “To me, the players are my patients. Wherever the evidence takes us is where we’ll go.”

Yesterday in Pennsylvania, Representative Tim Briggs introduced legislation aimed at enhancing concussion management in youth sports at a news conference hosted by the Philadelphia Eagles to promote House Bill 2060, Mark Kram of the Philadelphia Daily News reported. The Pittsburgh Steelers also endorsed the bill.

“NFL commissioner Roger Goodell urged governors across the United States to support legislative efforts such as H.B. 2060, which is expected to come up for vote later this month,” Kram wrote. “H.B. 2060 is in the same spirit of a bill signed into law last year in Washington State.”

Dr. Ellenbogen and his office were part of the coalition that was instrumental in getting the Washington State bill signed into law in 2009.

For the complete Washington Post story, click here.

For the complete Philadelphia Daily News story, click here.

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