FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/04/2013
Price Promotes Brain Injury Prevention and Awareness
Austin, TX --- During the 82nd legislative session, State Representative Four Price authored and championed a bill, known as "Natasha's Law," to help protect Texas youth from the effects of dangerous sports-related concussions. This session, Price continues to advocate for action to curb instances of traumatic brain injuries.
As part of ongoing efforts to promote athlete safety and prevent head injuries, Price welcomed to the Capitol retired pro football players Mike Lamb, a former University of Southern California lineman and Oakland Raider, and Cody Carlson, a former Baylor University quarterback and Houston Oiler, to discuss ways to decrease sports-related concussions.
"I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to promote brain injury prevention across our state," Price said. "Brain injuries are all too common. If left undiagnosed and untreated, these dangerous head injuries can have terrible long-term effects. It is so important that we increase action and awareness here in Texas."
And, Price continues to help increase awareness. He recently joint-authored House Resolution 606, recognizing March 2013 as Brain Injury Awareness Month in Texas.
"March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. It presents an opportunity for states to increase efforts to educate people about traumatic brain injury, as well as ways to prevent accidents," Price said. "I am pleased the State of Texas is participating in this effort."
Price also remains dedicated to Natasha's Law, which requires student athletes who sustain head injuries during practice or games to be medically evaluated and cleared by a doctor before returning to athletic activity. The measure won widespread support from school districts, coaches, parents, physicians, and even the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans.
"Texas is a great state for sports and student athletics," Price said. "I am confident that through increased education and smart practices, we will also remain a great state for athlete safety."