The recent PBS Frontline documentary League of Denial has many people across Wisconsin and the United States concerned about keeping kids safe as they participate in sports. Football High is another Frontline film focusing on concerns about high school football player safety. Both films are available to view online.
Governor Scott Walker signed the Youth Concussion Act (Wisconsin Act 172, Statute 118.293), a law sponsored by Representative Jason Fields and Senator Alberta Darling, and supported by the National Football League (NFL), the Green Bay Packers and various health care providers, into law on April 2, 2012 (WIAA|Concussions). The purpose of the new law is to protect the health and well being of athletes under 19 years of age who participate in organized activity. The law requires all youth athletic organizations to educate students, parents and coaches on the risks of concussions as well as sign a waiver indicating that students and parents have read the material. The law also requires the immediate removal of an individual from a youth athletic activity if symptoms indicate a possible concussion.
WPT's Creating Health project has compiled a list of resources for parents and coaches with information about head injury awareness and additional resources regarding concussions.