Garfield H.S. focuses on concussion prevention

Rep. Bill Pascrell visited Garfield High School to talk about the dangers head injuries can cause student athletes.

Rep. Bill Pascrell visited Garfield High School to talk about the dangers head injuries can cause student athletes.

Rep. Bill Pascrell visited Garfield High School to talk about the dangers head injuries can cause student athletes. (9/22/15)

GARFIELD - Rep. Bill Pascrell visited Garfield High School Tuesday to talk about the dangers head injuries can cause student athletes.

The congressman's visit comes just a few weeks ahead of a new movie starring Will Smith that focuses on two NFL players who committed suicide after suffering from concussions during their careers.

"All you have to do is look at the NFL and how they swept it under the rug and are trying frantically to keep up those football players who are now vegetables," says Rep. Pascrell.

Rep. Pascrell helped pass the Contact Act, which provides resources for schools to help deal with student athlete brain injuries. 

Dr. Grant Baldwin says, "We need to build a culture in sports where athletes are encouraged by coaches to report a concussion regardless how important that game is."

The Garfield School District agrees and has taken proactive measures to protect student athletes.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Chopper 12 over East Brunswick bus crash 1 VIDEO: Chopper 12 over East Brunswick bus crash
Chopper 12 over wreck that killed NASCAR driver 2 Chopper 12 over wreck that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler
Vandals defaced historic trains belonging to the United 3 Vandals deface historic train equipment in Boonton
4 Word on the Street: Selfies
5 12 on Health: Spike in flu cases

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE