Bills have been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate that would instruct the Consumer Product Safety Commission to review a forthcoming National Academy of Sciences report on sports-related concussions in youth, make recommendations to protective equipment manufacturers and, if necessary, promulgate standards based on the report’s findings. The “Youth Sports Concussion Act” (S. 1014/H.R. 2118) would also allow the Federal Trade Commission to impose civil penalties for false or misleading claims about the safety benefits of protective equipment and give state attorneys general the authority to enforce the law.
Introduced on May 22, 2013, the Senate bill has been referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the House bill has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. According to Senate sponsor Tom Udall (D-N.M.), numerous sports organizations, advocacy groups, trade associations, and medical associations support the measures. See Sen. Tom Udall News Release, May 22, 2013.