2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 23, 2017 - Introduced by Senators L. Taylor, Carpenter, Wirch, Olsen,
Risser and Darling, cosponsored by Representatives Fields, Sinicki, Milroy,
Kessler, Berceau, Bowen, Murphy, Tusler, E. Brooks, Hebl and Spreitzer.
Referred to Committee on Senate Organization.
SJR21,1,1 1Relating to: proclaiming March 2017 as Concussion Awareness Month.
SJR21,1,42 Whereas, concussions are a mild form of traumatic brain injury that interfere
3with normal brain function, and can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head,
4or any blow to the body that causes the head to move back and forth rapidly; and
SJR21,1,65 Whereas, although classified as a mild form of traumatic brain injury because
6they are usually non-life-threatening, concussions must still be taken seriously; and
SJR21,1,117 Whereas, concussion symptoms are vast and range from mild to severe and may
8include headaches that will not go away, having more trouble than usual
9remembering things or concentrating, confusion about recent events, feeling tired all
10the time, feeling sad or anxious, or becoming easily irritated or angry for little or no
11reason; and
SJR21,1,1412 Whereas, although for many, recovery from concussions is a quick process, the
13effects can be long-term, and those who have had a head injury are two to four times
14more likely to have another head injury; and
1Whereas, in high school sports alone, concussions suffered by athletes have
2more than doubled between the 2005-06 school year and the 2012-13 school year and
3now make up 23 percent of high school athletic injuries; and
SJR21,2,54 Whereas, 20 percent of the 1.5 million head injuries that occur in the United
5States each year are sports-related; and
SJR21,2,96 Whereas, parents, coaches, and athletic trainers should be fully aware of
7concussion symptoms, be able to identify them in children, not allow children to
8return to play until they are completely asymptomatic, and make sure their return
9is gradual based on their recovery; and
SJR21,2,1110 Whereas, while the short-term effects of concussions are well-known and
11easily identifiable in individuals, the long-term effects are still unclear; and
SJR21,2,1412 Whereas, although research into the subject is new, early reports suggest that
13even a single concussion may cause lasting brain damage, including structural brain
14damage in regions of the brain linked to mood disorders and depression; and
SJR21,2,1615 Whereas, in fact, between 10 to 20 percent of those who have had a concussion
16may go on to develop chronic problems; and
SJR21,2,1917 Whereas, future research into this subject should be encouraged in order to
18better educate ourselves on the severity of effects individuals face after suffering one
19or multiple concussions; and
SJR21,2,2220 Whereas, our continued support of further education about concussions can
21lead to a better understanding of the precautions we can take to prevent the
22increasing number of concussions suffered by high school athletes; and
SJR21,2,2523 Whereas, with the help of medical specialists and dedicated parents, coaches,
24and athletic trainers, we can hope to return high school sports to the fun and
25beneficial experience they should be; and
1Whereas, the establishment of Concussion Awareness Month will provide the
2opportunity to share experiences and information and raise public awareness about
3concussions; now, therefore, be it
SJR21,3,5 4Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the legislature
5hereby proclaims March 2017 as Concussion Awareness Month in Wisconsin.
SJR21,3,66 (End)