In today’s health and safety news around football:
* Michigan is poised to become the 40th state to pass a concussion law, according to MichiganLive.com. A bill that raises concussion awareness for youth sports on its way for the signature of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. It was reported earlier this year that the Detroit Lions franchise was a backer of the bill.
Measures heading to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk would require Michigan Department of Community Health to develop educational materials and training for athletes, parents and coaches on concussion-related injuries and treatments. The legislation also would require coaches to immediately remove athletes suspected of having concussions from play and let them return only after getting a health professional’s written approval.
* An ArkansasNews.com columnist wrote how simple a concussion test can be when done by a trained professional and how it can turn into something so complicated when coaches get involved.
* The Bleacher Report called NFL’s Roger Goodell the best commissioner in sports today, partly because of the way he has handled the concussion issue.
* The Medill School of Journalism wrote how former Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer has become an advocate for kids who suffer concussion symptoms.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor