How Effective are the New Concussion Treatment Laws?

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Concussions are big news when it comes to athletes on the field, and the recent spate of sport-related concussion news from pro sports has likely been of some concern to parents of teen athletes as well.
 
Since 2009, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have enacted concussion treatment laws aimed at student athletes. But just how effective are these new concussion treatment laws?
 
According to a recent study released by the University of Michigan, the new laws have been very effective. Researchers examined national insurance data from 2006 to 2012 from teenagers who were privately insured in order to assess the impact of the new concussion laws.
 
The results show that in states which had enacted concussion treatment laws during the period examined by the study, the number of student athletes who received treatment for concussion increased by 92 percent. The effects, however, didn’t stop there. Even in those states which, for a portion of the period studied, did not have concussion treatment laws in effect, there was a 75 percent increase in young athletes receiving concussion treatment.
 
According to the study’s lead researcher, Steven Broglio, the results highlight two things. First, the new concussion laws work. And second, increased public education about concussions on the field played an important role in getting student athletes in for treatment in those states that had not yet enacted concussion treatment legislation.
 
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