The Games provide an opportunity for us to look at ways to help our athletes perform at their best, and this includes ensuring their health and safety
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) July 24, 2012
Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) extended her best wishes to the California athletes who will be participating in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. California leads the way in state representation, with 127 out of the 529 members of Team USA hailing from the Golden State.
“I would like to congratulate all the members of Team USA on their tremendous accomplishments, and for making it to the pinnacle of athletic competition,” stated Assemblymember Mary Hayashi. “I wish them the greatest success, especially to those incredible individuals who call our state home.”
The Olympics will begin this Friday in London with over 10,000 athletes from around the world competing in 302 medal games. The 2012 games marks the first time that the United States team has more women athletes than men—268 versus 261—and they represent both ends of the age spectrum: 15-year-old swimmer Katie Ledecky is the youngest and 54-year-old equestrian Karen O’Connor is the oldest.
“The Olympic Games gives us a time to reflect on all that sports teach young women and men – commitment, physical fitness and strength of character, teamwork, and respect. It also provides an opportunity for us to look at ways to help our athletes perform at their best, and this includes ensuring their health and safety,” continued Assemblymember Mary Hayashi.
“Here in California, we have one of the toughest return-to-play laws in the country. We are continuing to strengthen these student safety efforts through bills like AB 1451, which will allow kids to be the competitors they want to be, without sacrificing their safety.”
Injuries can happen in any sport. Of special concern is the rise of concussions and related medical issues that come from returning to the game too soon. Assemblymember Mary Hayashi’s groundbreaking concussion bill, AB 25, went into effect this year, requiring prep athletes to be removed from school-sponsored athletic activities if he or she is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury.
AB 1451 will strengthen existing law by adding concussion education to the required first aid training of every high school sports coach. The bill is awaiting a vote in the California State Assembly, where its passage will send it to the Governor for his signature.
Assemblymember Mary Hayashi is the Chair of the Business, Professions, and Consumer Protection Committee and serves the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and Sunol.
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