New State Law Designed to Address Concussions Will Limit School Football Practices

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A new law designed to address concussions for young football players was signed as new CIF rules restrict practices to no more than 18 hours in a week. Some coaches have been opposed to the law. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB 2127, which prohibits football teams at public middle and high schools from holding full-contact practices that exceed 90 minutes on a single day, bans teams from holding more than two full-contact practices per week during the season and prohibits teams from conducting contact practices during the off-season.

The California Interscholastic Federation, in charge of high school sports in the state, supported the bill that was sponsored by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova).

“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,” Cooley said.

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