California’s state assembly on Thursday passed legislation to limit full-contact drills in high school football, in a response to parental concerns about the risks of concussions leading to long-term brain damage and early-onset dementia.
The bill has the support of the California Interscholastic Federation and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has caught the attention of the White House, which on Thursday announced plans for a May 29 conference on concussions and youth sport safety.
If passed in the state senate, the bill will limit practices involving game-speed tackling to twice-weekly 90-minute sessions, and ban such drills completely in the offseason.
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