NJ congressmen examine teen athlete concussions

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Two New Jersey congressmen are pushing for more funding for high schools to raise awareness about the dangers of concussions among athletes.

Rep. William Pascrell Jr. has authored a bill that addresses the issue. Pascrell and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. held a hearing Wednesday at Newark's Prudential Center, home to the New Jersey Devils.

Pallone is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.

Some studies say the number of reported concussions among children has doubled since the late 1990s. However, medical personnel receive reports of as few as one in 10 concussions.

At Wednesday's hearing, high school student Niki Popyer said she suffered seven concussions playing basketball but was never told of the cumulative dangers.