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Former BSU player Kaiserman pitches concussion bill for NFL

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The National Football League has made Idaho the latest state where it's promoting new standards to help young athletes avoid concussion-related injuries. The organization is working to transform contact sports' “suck it up” culture where players are advised to disregard pain , sometimes at the expense of their health. NFL lobbyist Matt Kaiserman, whose college football career at Boise State University was ended by several concussions, introduced a measure Friday morning in the House Ways & Means Committee. In upcoming hearings, lawmakers will hear about how it's designed to get Idaho schools, as well as youth sports leagues, to develop a procedures for removing young athletes from play when they've suffered a head injury. Kaiserman says Idaho has seen at least five recent head injury cases that resulted in catastrophic brain injuries or death.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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