POLITICS
10/04/2011 12:48 EDT | Updated 12/04/2011 05:12 EST

Sports Concussions: NDP MP's Bill Aims To Limit Head Injuries In Amateur Sport

AP

OTTAWA - A New Democrat MP has for the second time tabled a private member's bill aimed at reducing concussions in amateur sport.

Glenn Thibeault says the bill received overwhelming endorsements from sports and medical groups before it died on the order paper at the end of the last Parliament.

The bill, entitled the National Strategy for Serious Injury Reduction in Amateur Sport, would establish a database and guidelines aimed at reducing concussions and their effects.

Thibeault says the bill would help bridge gaps between the medical and sports communities by bringing them together with regional organizations to consolidate best practices in Canada.

Thibeault says similar measures are already receiving bipartisan support in the United States.

He says the issue isn't just a hockey one, but relates to all sports.

Private member's bills, particularly from opposition MPs, don't usually make much headway in Parliament.