WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1) and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-10) introduced a bipartisan resolution to designate January 30, 2024, as National CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and RHI (repeated head impacts) Awareness Day.

“As research uncovers the dangers of repeated head injury and CTE, especially among athletes, veterans, and in domestic abuse survivors, it is critical there is greater awareness and education surrounding the symptoms,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick. “I am proud to introduce this bipartisan resolution to recognize January 30, 2024, as CTE and RHI Awareness Day, and I am incredibly grateful for the advocates who champion efforts for research and education.”

“As someone who, like many young men, played football or a contact sport in school, I am very aware of the risks associated with repeated head trauma and concussions and have been working in Congress to promote awareness and to advance national standards for concussion safety measures in student athletes,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “I am proud to partner with Congressman Fitzpatrick in leading this resolution to bring additional education of this issue to the American public so we can treat it with the seriousness it demands.”

This resolution would:

  • Designate January 30, 2024, as CTE and RHI Awareness Day 
  • Recognize the doctors and researchers who advance the study of CTE and RHI
  • Recognize the individuals, their families, and caregivers who may be suffering from symptoms of CTE
  • Encourage the CDC and NIH to publish concussion education materials and educate the public on the symptoms
  • And encourage ceremonies and activities that promote awareness of CTE and RHI

Read the text of the resolution here.