Student Well-Being

House Lawmakers Seek to Support Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights

By Bryan Toporek — February 19, 2013 1 min read

Members of Congress have introduced a bill that aims to recognize and support the newly introduced Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights from the Youth Sports Safety Alliance.

The alliance unveiled its new 10-point youth-safety document at the fourth Youth Sports Safety Summit earlier this month in the District of Colubmia. Among other things, the bill of rights calls for student-athletes to be coached by those trained in sport-specific safety; safe, clean playing surfaces for students; and a culture where “playing through pain” is “unacceptable unless there has been a medical assessment.”

The legislation introduced on Friday by Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) calls for the House to “express support for the principles and values set forth” in the bill of rights. If approved, the House would also “express support for secondary schools that have successfully implemented programs, policies, and practices to emphasize and encourage student-athlete safety and well-being.”

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.