To raise awareness that concussions are brain injuries and need to be taken seriously.
The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey continues to be the leading source of accurate, current information about concussion and a system of support for those navigating through the concussion recovery process. The Alliance’s Concussion in Youth Sports Committee continues to meet and develop strategies and materials to address the challenges of raising awareness about concussion in New Jersey. The Alliance will continue to promote compliance with the New Jersey Concussion Law and provide technical assistance to schools and districts upon request.
- ANNUALLY 1.7 million people sustain a TBI
- About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are CONCUSSIONS or other forms of mild TBI
*The number of people with TBI who are not seen in an emergency department or who receive no care is unknown.
Where do we go from here?
The New Jersey Concussion Law mandates that any organized sports group using a school district’s sports fields must sign a statement of compliance with the school district’s Concussion Policy. Community coaches and officials need up-to-date information about how to manage concussion in community sports events. The Alliance is offering free workshops and webinars on concussion to the general public and will promote this opportunity through Municipal Recreation Departments.
Raising awareness about concussion in
Elementary school professionals, community leaders, and the general public need information about the new understanding of concussion identification and management. The Alliance’s Concussion Committee is working on new materials aimed at addressing the needs of various groups in the community.