Commissioner Goodell speech on protecting youth athletes from concussions sent nationwide by CDC



Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke at the “Keep Youth Sports Safe” conference at the Seattle Seahawks’ offices earlier this month. At the conference, Commissioner Goodell met Zack Lystedt and his family and announced that the Lystedt Law, which protects young athletes from returning to play too soon after a concussion, is a league priority.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week has circulated video of the Commissioner’s speech (above) to its member organizations and their thousands of participants.

“We will share our medical expertise broadly to benefit athletes in every single sport,” Commissioner Goodell said in the speech.  “I have made it a league priority to keep this effort going until all 50 states pass Zackery’s law or find a way to do something just as significant. The NFL believes we can make sports safer than they are today.”

The video concludes with Zackery Lystedt, who was permitted to play in a game following a concussion and suffered life-threatening injuries, noting the importance of the effort. “It means the world to me,” Zackery said.

A poster created by the NFL and the CDC to educate young athletes on concussions was unveiled at the conference in Seattle and is available through the CDC.

To order the free poster and to learn how you can get involved to help keep kids and teens safe from concussion, visit or contact CDC by email ( or toll-free at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).

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