Tracing Sports Safety Policy In Washington

The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington has been involved in improving sports safety policy for kids for over a decade. In this episode, Deborah speaks with three key players who have helped BIAWA improve sports policy in the state and across the nation: the University of Washington’s Dr. Stan Herring, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Justin Kesterson, and Richard Adler, a renowned personal injury attorney with the firm Adler Giersch. The four discuss the passage of the Lystedt Law in 2009, which was eventually adopted across the country, the Kenney Bui rule, which passed in 2020, what each policy entails and the heroic families that honored their loved ones by lending their names and sharing their stories to advocate and pass better sports safety policy in Washington and beyond. 

This episode of Brain Injury Today was produced by Goal 17 Foundation and sponsored by the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Council.

View and download the form that resulted from the Kenney Bui Rule

If you’d like to get in touch with the guests from this episode, you can find their emails below:

Dr. Stan Herring: [email protected]

Richard Adler: [email protected]

Justin Kesterson: [email protected]

Brain Injury Today is the official podcast of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington. Hosted by BIAWA Executive Director Deborah Crawley, the show brings listeners inspiring conversations with survivors, researchers, counselors, caretakers and more, in an effort to strengthen connections within the brain injury community. 

For more resources related to traumatic brain injury visit:

Brain Injury Today Podcast 

Brain Injury Alliance of Washington 

The Pooled Alliance Community Trusts 

Brain Injury Art Show 


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