9:52 PM EDT
Michael C. Burgess M.D., R-TX 26th

Mr. BURGESS. Mr. Speaker, H.R. 1347, the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act seeks to reduce the number of concussions sustained by our young people.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. Some of these are sustained by children while they are playing sports. This bill will help reduce that number.

The bill would require the Centers for Disease Control to develop model guidelines that address the prevention, identification, treatment, and management of concussions in school-age children, including standards for student athletes to return to play after a concussion.

The bill also would direct the secretary to convene a conference of experts to develop the model guidelines. The secretary would be allowed, but not required, to award grants to States to help implement these guidelines. I must also note that the bill would ensure that the Centers for Disease Control uses its existing budget to award these grants if they deem them necessary. It does not create a separate funding source for these grants.

I urge my colleagues to support the bill.

I yield back the balance of my time.