California limits full-contact football practices for school students
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will limit full-contact football practices at middle and high schools.
The Golden State's new law will prevent football teams from holding full-contact practices during the off-season and limit them to no more than two ninety-minute, full-contact practices per week during preseason as well as the regular season.
Under the measure, which will apply to private, public and charter schools, a player who has sustained a head injury or concussion will have to complete a supervised procedure of at least seven days. The new law has been enacted in wake movement that raised awareness about the potential dangers of repeated hits to the head.
Assemblyman Ken Cooley, a Democrat from Rancho Cordova, who introduced the AB 2127 Bill, said the measure would reassure parents that their children could learn football safely.
Speaking about the measure, Cooley said, "AB 2127's practice guidelines will reassure parents that their kids can learn football safely through three hours of full-contact practice to maximize conditioning and skill development while minimizing concussion risk."
However, some coaches expressed concerns that fewer contact practices, saying it would not allow players to get properly prepared to play.
The measure, which enjoys the support of the American Academy of Neurology, the Brain Injury Association of California as well as the California Interscholastic Federation, will go into effect in 2015.
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