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Members Sought to Provide Testimony on Youth Football and Concussions

Thursday, April 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Dear Members,
 
The Massachusetts House is debating a bill that would legislate banning tackle football for grades 7 and younger due to the potential impact of concussions on brain development. The House Bill No. 2007, An act for no organized head impacts to children, is currently being reviewed by the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health.
 
As we know, psychologists and particularly neuropsychologists have been very involved in the concussion debate, research and assessment; this is an area of expertise for us. The Board of Directors therefore determined to appoint an MPA designee to serve as an expert to offer testimony to lawmakers in this area. As a profession, it is important that we remain relevant and that the Commonwealth consider psychology expertise. This strategy speaks to MPA's mission to educate the public on psychological matters.    
 
We would therefore like to solicit 1-2 MPA member experts in this area who would be willing to provide testimony, if necessary, either to the Joint Committee on Public Health or the Legislature. It is emphasized that members would be testifying to the research in this area, and not whether they personally support or oppose the bill.  
 
Please contact MPA Executive Director Susan Wagner at wagner@masspsych.org if you are interested.
 
Yours,
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Maggie Lanca, Ph.D.

MPA President


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