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