Madison – State Representative Jason M. Fields (D-Milwaukee) received the Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin Legislative Achievement Award at the 24th annual Wisconsin Conference on Brain Injury on April 30th.
Rep. Fields was given the award in recognition of his outstanding leadership in getting Act 172 approved by the Legislature.
Act 172 requires coaches, parents and athletes to become educated on the signs and symptoms of a concussion. If a young athlete suffers a concussion during a game or practice they are removed from playing and cannot return to play until they have written clearance from a health care provider.
“I am honored to be recognized by the BIAW,” said Fields. “It was pleasure working with the BIAW to raise awareness of the need for this legislation. This Act will save lives and prevent long-term injury for the thousands of young athletes participating in practices and games every day in Wisconsin.”
The Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin, formed in 1980, is a nonprofit organization serving individuals with an acquired brain injury and their families. BIAW is a charter member affiliate of the national Brain Injury Association, Inc.