News Releases

Ithaca College Faculty Member and Athletic Trainer can Provide Insights into New York State's New Concussion Law

ITHACA, NY — When it goes into effect July 1, the New York State Concussion Management Awareness Act will require a young athlete suspected of a concussion to stay off the field for at least 24 hours after symptoms have subsided. At least 30 other states have similar laws protecting the safety of students playing interscholastic and intramural sports. However, the New York State law won’t apply to recreational sports outside public school activities; nor will it address when and how injured athletes should be cleared to return to the classroom.

Chris Hummel — an Ithaca College faculty member who has researched the effects of concussions as well as served as an athletic trainer for 15 years — can speak to the benefits of the law, address its challenges, and provide insights into

  • Ways athletic trainers identify concussions.
  • How parents should be involved.
  • Creation of concussion management teams.

Also, through his research, teaching and practice, Hummel has identified seven concussion myths, including one addressed by the new law: A player can’t walk off a concussion.

“A significant benefit of the new law is that it treats concussions as the serious injuries they are,” Hummel said. “One of the age-old myths commonly associated with concussions is that you can simply walk them off. If a student-athlete is suspected of having a concussion, assume it’s a concussion and have him or her evaluated by an athletic trainer or a physician trained in sports medicine.”

Among the other myths: Helmets prevent concussions, and the harder the hit, the worse the concussion. Hummel has also identified three established facts about concussions that would help parents and coaches manage concussions.

To arrange an interview with Chris Hummel, please contact Keith Davis, assistant director of media relations, at (607) 274-1153 or