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AB-1348 Youth athletics: chronic traumatic encephalopathy.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head traumas.
(b) CTE has been linked to participation in contact sports such as boxing and football.
(c) Research shows that the risk of CTE increases with the number of years of football played.
(d) CTE can cause mood and behavioral symptoms, including impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and paranoia.
(e) CTE can result in impaired cognitive function, including memory loss, impaired judgment, and progressive dementia.

SEC. 2.

 Section 124244 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

124244.
 (a) As used in this section, “commission” means the Commission on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Youth Football established pursuant to this section.
(b) The Surgeon General shall convene a Commission on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Youth Football to investigate issues related to the risks of brain injury associated with participation in youth football, and to provide recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on strategies to reduce this risk, including the minimum appropriate age for participation in youth tackle football.
(c) The commission shall be led by the Surgeon General and consist of members selected by the Surgeon General, and shall include, but not be limited to, members with expertise in public health, neuroscience, neurology, or other relevant fields.
(d) The commission shall review, investigate, and analyze issues relating to the risk of brain injury associated with participation in youth football, including:
(1) The risk of concussion, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), or other brain injury from participation in youth tackle football.
(2) The short and long-term health consequences of concussion, CTE, or other brain injury in youth.
(3) How the risks and health consequences described in paragraphs (1) and (2) vary with the age of the youth tackle football participant.
(e) On or before July 1, 2023, the Surgeon General shall publish a report on their internet website on the findings of the commission, including recommendations on the following issues:
(1) The appropriate minimum age for participation in youth tackle football.
(2) Best practices for minimizing the risk of concussion, CTE, or other brain injury in youth football, including youth tackle football.
(f) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2024, and as of that date is repealed.