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New state law expands scope of coverage

February 22, 2013

Coaches and parents say they support a new Ohio law addressing concussions in youth athletics, but many wish more had been done to get the word out and some still have unanswered questions about......

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Feb-22-13 2:48 PM

Ohio Rep. Michael Stinziano, D-Columbus said, "We are encouraging individuals to talk to their lawyers." Guess what this legislator does in real life. Oh, look, he’s a lawyer. Surprise, surprise! This is another unnecessary law, fostering confusion among the populace, more work for the legal profession, and higher costs for struggling small businesses. A truly free people is not a herd of cows to be prodded, restricted, and force-fed behaviors from every conceivable direction. As a parent, I need to put down the cellphone, get out of the car, and walk over to the coach, “Hey, coach, what about these new warnings on kids concussions? Oh, you haven’t heard? I’ll get some information and get back to you; it is really important for safety. Oh, you don’t care; you just want to win? Fine, little Johnny will not be playing on your team. We have many other alternatives.” As a parent, I am responsible to be aware of the risks and to put my foot down on behalf of my child’s

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Feb-22-13 2:55 PM

From the article, “And Stinziano added there are no legal penalties in place for those not in compliance with the law. ‘The goal of the law was to educate and inform and provide for student safety…,’ he said.”

This is how government grows, how it metastasizes; like a cancer, it can spread to places it shouldn’t be. And this little concussion rule with no penalties is just the tip of the iceberg.

Protecting kids and others from repeated concussions is a serious problem, worthy of attention. But leave it to the medical people, teachers, coaches, parents, and educated kids to step up and solve this problem. The legislators are already overwhelmed (flailing) with taxes, school funding, etc; they should butt out on matters such as this. What Stinzaino did by sponsoring this bill amounts to nothing more than political grandstanding! There were other effective ways for a free people to advance concussion education and compliance.

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