Sen. Michael Sanchez
Dist. 29 Bernalillo and Valencia
Brain Injury Alliance NM News:
The Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico would like to acknowledge State Sen. Michael Sanchez for his leadership in helping to protect thousands of children and youth in New Mexico.
Through the Senator’s foresight, initiative and sponsorship two very important pieces of Legislation were unanimously passed in bi-partisan efforts and signed by governors in separate administrations.
Through his dedication, Senator Sanchez was able to initiate and pass one of the strongest and most protective protocols for our children and youth in the nation. He helped to bring both the words “brain injury” and “concussion” into the discussion and awareness to the prevention of concussions and the protection of the fragile brain from injury in all walks of life.
New Mexico’s SB 1 (2010 – 5th in the Nation to be enacted) and SB 137 (2016) where both laws, which “relate to Health and Develop Protocols for student athletes who may have sustained a possible brain injury” (often called a concussion) and “establish certification for nonscholastic youth athletic activities.”
These rules stress the need for athletic safety: establishing Safety Protocols, education of coaches, athletes, parents, and teachers regarding brain injuries resulting from various activities. Through this awareness and prevention positive impacts will be felt for literally thousands of adolescents in their formative years, both now and for years to come.
In the U.S., well over 300,000 children and youth are being treated in ER rooms with sports related brain injury symptoms yearly. New Mexico’s legislative initiatives have inspired many other states to follow using similar protocols. The Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico, people living with brain injuries and their families, as with all New Mexicans, are forever grateful for Senator Sanchez’s concern, advocacy and efforts.