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Girl Who Had To Quit Basketball Because Of Multiple Concussions Speaks Out In D.C.

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Niki Popyer, a 16-year-old girl who sustained 11 concussions while playing basketball  and was subsequently forced to give up the game because of them appeared at a press conference at Capitol Hill today to help implore Congress to enact laws that would help prevent other young athletes from having to experience a similar ordeal like she did.

Niki Popyer of Marlboro teamed up with two former NFL players in backing legislation calling on the federal government to develop concussion management guidelines. The bill would also establish a grant program to states to come up with ways to prevent, diagnose and treat sports-related concussions in schools.

She was joined at a Capitol Hill news conference by 13-year-old Abby Cahalan of Baltimore, who was forced to give up soccer after sustaining a concussion last year.

To be honest, I had no idea that concussions were such a problem in sports like soccer and basketball, since they are not typically considered “contact sports.” I was also unaware that concussions have become an issue in girls’ sports, so a big thanks goes out to young Niki Popyer for having the courage to share her story and raise awareness.  What a thrill it must have been for her to spend the day in Washington, D.C.  – too bad she probably won’t remember it later.

What? No, I’m not a jerk, I’m being honest here. Everyone knows that the C.I.A. will likely erase all traces of today’s events from her memory. It’s what they do, people.

The truth is out there.

Girl who sustained 11 concussions seeks new law [The Associated Press]